I have many messy thoughts but think that there's a message in here for us.
One of the most amazing things I have witnessed in the last couple of days is what suffering invites us to. Suffering is a door that when we choose to step over the threshold in His grace, we enter a place that is so deep and so close to His heart, it takes our breath away. Suffering also extends an invitation to others to step through with you as we bear one another's burdens.
As I have talked with family and close loved ones, many shared their own trials. Hard trials. Trials that have caused me to weep with great grief.
Please pray for Andrea as she buried her precious 3-year-old son this week who was tragically killed in a very freak accident.
Please pray for Deanna as her father "Coach" entered the gates of heaven forever free from cancer on Monday.
Please pray for Melinda as she undergoes her third surgery for brain cancer on Monday and then will begin chemo. encourage her here
And pray today for Tina's mom as she undergoes surgery for breast cancer.
Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Romans 12:15
Also my wonderful friend Sarah Deckerhas taken on the task of building a 24 hour prayer wall for my family. Please visit her blog to sign up to pray for us, to receive updates or to copy my prayer button her sweet fiance made. You can receive updates via email or facebook this way. She has directions on her blog. The staggering volume of emails, messages, texts, phone calls, ringing doorbells is the most humbling thing I've ever experienced. That people would be willing to lift up my precious family 24 hours a day is hugely overwhelming in itself. I've been amazed at how God has used this to unite the body on my behalf. Different churches, different denominations, different theologies, One God. United in prayer. Storming heaven for a miracle. That is a miracle to me.
Also wanted yall to meet my friend Kathy who will keep my blog updated during my surgery, recovery and at any other times I am unable to post.
The body is a beautiful thing.
Last night as I lay sleeping, which is a huge answer to prayer, I dreamed of Queen Esther going before the throne of King Xerxes asking him to extend his sceptor, listen to her plea and save her life. My first thought was how I will be going before Dr. Arun (and now also searching for Dr. Weiss) and begging her to hear my case, to take my case, to spare my life. But as I prayed the Lord showed me I've been before the King, He has extended his hand to me and the steps are already in order to save my life.
You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings. Psalm 23:5