Last night I spoke at the graduation ceremony for FaithWorks, a Highland ministry that started three or four years ago. It may be one of my favorite speaking gigs of the year. Nine women, having finished the 13-week program, got to receive their diplomas. These are women whose lives have been challenging. But they entered the program, bonded together, and completed the work. Three of them spoke briefly at the graduation ceremony. One talked about being told that she had cancer in an advanced stage. She had two choices: she could accept her likely fate, try to stay as free of pain as possible, and die quickly or she could fight a painful battle with all she had in her. She looked around at her nine children, and decided it was time to fight. I looked in amazement at this strong woman of faith as she received her diploma. Sunday morning at second service we'll recognize these incredible graduates.