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A Chorus of Prayer

Raining Up to JesusI don’t normally post my religious beliefs, much to my discredit, but this week I experienced something that I have to share.  My son was dealing with a health crisis and the power of prayer was strong. I am a christian, but sometimes my faith waivers as everyone’s does. Please don’t misunderstand.  I am neither sinless or a pious person.  Jesus Christ has purchased the forgiveness of my sins through his death and ressurrection.  What follows is my testimony of God’s mercy and the healing power of prayer. Please read this entire post before you form an opinion.

My youngest son had been passing kidney stones but there were 4 that were too large for him to pass.  He had the shockwave procedure done to break up the stones. It is quite normal for bruising to occur inside of the lining on the outside of the kidney.  Bruising is caused from bleeding that usually clots and is absorbed back into the body. They did not get all of the stones broke up.  Three were left and he was sent home.  Two days later he went to the emergency room when the largest stone blocked the duct to his bladder. (Please pardon the lack of medical terms.  For more information go to Medline Plus.)

They admitted him into the hospital and tried to manually pull it out.  The stone was too large and they could not use the laser to break it up as the laser was broken.  The doctor on call decided to put a stint in too prevent the stone from blocking the flow from the kidney to the bladder.  Once again, he was sent home.

He began having severe back pain the next day and by the night he was back in the ER.  He was admitted to the hospital.  When he got up to go to the bathroom, he fainted.  He was put in ICU with internal bleeding.  When they put the stint in, the stint dislodged the clot in the bruise and it began bleeding inside the lining of the kidney. His blood pressure dropped and his heart was having to work too hard. My daughter-in-law called and asked us to come down. They gave him four pints of blood total.

As soon as I got off the phone, I prayed, then I called my friends to pray, then I called my church prayer chain, and then I put a call for prayer on social media.  I prayed a prayer of praise for the healing my son was going to receive.  A sense of unbelievable calm filled me. Imagine a reverse rain carrying prayers to God.  I knew that God was hearing a chorus of cries for the healing of my son.

My son was sent straight home from the Intensive Care Unit after 3 days and is doing fine!

It was a little unsettling to know that my son could be dying but I felt no worry or despair.  I just knew that God was taking care of him.  God says that if we but ask, he will answer our prayers. The bible tells us: “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not”. Jeremiah 33:3; “If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.” John 14:14; “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” Matthew 21:22. So why do we not believe in the power of prayer?

I know that there have been times when depression and despair have kept me from believing my prayers would be answered.  Usually in those times, I cannot find the answers to my prayers.  I am so immersed in the situation within myself that I cannot see the answers that God gives.  We must have the faith to believe that God will provide answers. We must give Him the praise and thanksgiving that He deserves and demands.   “I will praise you with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praise to you” Psalms 138:1; “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.” Hebrews 13:15

Let this post be a testament to the power and love of God and his son, Jesus Christ.  Thank you, God, for healing my son.


Glory to God and Peace to All

People all across America, from all walks of life, are frantically, scurrying about, trying to finish those special touches to the celebrations of the season. What if we couldn’t get that last gift for our child?  It wouldn’t be pretty, but we would probably survive.

Christmas as a commercial season is very new.  Industrialism and then media brought about the commercialism of Christmas. Our children didn’t just wake up and decide that Santa should bring something that wasn’t handmade.  And who decided that the one toy that every kid had to have wouldn’t be available until after Christmas.

As a Christian, I should be spending my energy and time celebrating the birth of a baby to a very young virgin mother. A baby who had very little but had a profound future.  A baby who, I believe, is the son of God.  This baby would grow up to save humans from a life separated from God.  This baby was Jesus.

May you have the peace of knowing Jesus.

And So It’s Official

The neurologist sent me to yet another doctor. This one is a neurologist-ophthalmologist. I guess when they get a rare disease they feel obligated to spread the opportunity around. After a ten minute consult, he stated that my eyes were fine and he agreed that it was a stroke. His advice, return in 6 weeks. I have an outstanding neurologist and an outstanding ophthalmologist so I did not make a return appointment.

At 55 I felt fear and disappointment after hearing this news. Disappointment that the only thing that could be done was a baby aspirin. No magical fixes. Fear because I know that strokes are signs of Sarcoidosis becoming progressive and possibly terminal.  Disappointment that the plans I made may change now.

have known from the beginning that the sarcoidosis is producing granulomas on my brain stem which causes inflammation. I knew this day would come when the goal would no longer be to get the disease in remission. Now the goal is to control the disease enough to keep me alive. A stroke in the brain stem area of the brain can kill you instantly.

I spent a week pleading, cursing, and bargaining with God. Then I read a secular supernatural thriller written by a christian author that made a point that I really needed to hear. Who are we pleading, cursing or bargaining with God. Even Jesus prayed “Take this cup from me” and “My God, Why have you forsaken me?” That was the son of man side of Jesus. The Son of God said “Not my will but Thine” and “I commend my soul to Thee.” (I am paraphrasing so please forgive me if they do not match your Bible word for word.)

I found a peace in knowing that a power greater than I, a power that I can never understand, is in charge. All I have to do is relax and let Him control my destiny. Whatever His plan, I am in good hands.