Sorry I'm so late today in publishing.....Word Filled Wednesday. It has been a busy day around the D Household and I am just now sitting down to the computer!
I have a couple of prayer requests for all of you prayer warriors who might be reading today and would covet your prayers on behalf of these two families.
A couple weeks ago, I found my way to An Unfinished Life: The Story of Christian Dale Paige and my heart ached for this couple that I was reading about: Ryan and Leah and their precious little baby, Christian. My heart ached because I, too, know so vividly the feelings that they are feeling, the pain, the uncertainty of their son's future, the anticipation at meeting their son....but the question of "how long, Lord....how long will we have with our son?" and then the need to just rest in God's hand and let Him alone carry you. To trust Him no matter what!
Since then, I have been praying for them and for their dear, sweet boy, Christian. This is Ryan and Leah's first child, and at around 20 weeks, they found out that their son had Trisomy 18 (which is the same random genetic condition that our son, Joshua, was born with.) Leah just found out that her induction date is Friday, August 22nd. I ask you all to please pray for this family. Please pray that God would heal Christian....because HE can. I believe that in Faith. Please pray that God would strengthen Leah and Ryan in this week preceding Christian's birth, and please pray that God would be gracious and grant them time with their son. Please pray that they would feel God's arms wrapped around them and that He alone would carry them. That they would put their hope and their faith in HIM.
I also would like to ask you to pray for a family that are dear friends of ours. They aren't part of the blogging community, but a brother and sister in the Lord and part of our church family. I'll refer to them as L (husband) and A (wife) and they have two very sweet, small children. A couple months ago, L found out that he had a lesion at the base of his brain. The lesion seemed to be non-growing and something that the doctors were just watching. L didn't have any other symptoms and other tests came back normal.
A couple weeks ago, L went in to have a follow-up MRI done and they have learned that the lesion is growing and now considered a tumor. L will be meeting with a leading neurosurgeon this Friday to discuss surgical options. Please pray for this family. Please pray that God would divinely intervene and remove the tumor Himself and that surgery wouldn't even be needed. If this isn't God's Will, please pray that the tumor is benign. Please pray over this appointment, that God would give the doctor's wisdom, that the doctors would know the Lord and they would be compassionate. Please pray for strength and continued peace for this family during this time of trial and uncertainty and waiting.
This family is a household "built on the rock of Jesus Christ." They are steadfast and are praising Him in the midst of this all. They have a peace that only comes from God....they know He is in control. But they are in the storm, nonetheless. Please pray that God's love would shine so brightly forth as they continue to witness to so many friends and family during this time.
I chose this verse as a reminder for each of us to lift up one another before God's throne because the "prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective." I can't thank you enough for your prayers.
Your fellow prayer warrior-Stacy