Sunday, July 24, 2011

Prayer

People continue to ask us what we need.  I think most of all we need your prayers.  Tonight Christa and I were able to gather with our Spiritual Formation Sunday School class from Third Reformed to share the events of the past month.  It was a good time to get together with people we have shared a lot with over the past year and offer a number of concerns in prayer. 

At the same time we were meeting, a group organized by some of our close friends was meeting at Bethlehem Covenant Church in Minneapolis (my home church during my youth) to pray for Chloe. 

We've always been very self-sufficient and uncomfortable asking for help.  Beginning with that first phone call from Chloe's pediatrician back on July 7th it was clear that we could not do this on our own.  We've asked for prayer and have received things that we didn't even know we needed, but they've come just as we've needed them.

The act of receiving is difficult.  It is so much easier to give.  Yet the gifts that we have been receiving have allowed us to focus on the things that matter.  We aren't worrying about meals or finances.  Instead we can be present to our kids and give them all we can offer at that moment.  The gifts remind us that we are surrounded by a community of faith that walks along with us during this most difficult of journeys. We continue to be humbled and grateful to folks who are going above and beyond, in ways that we never expected, like Chloe's Crew

What can we offer but a humble thank you!  Thank you for anticipating our needs before we recognized them ourselves.

Many of you have asked for specific things that you can pray for...
  • strength and energy for this journey
  • that Chloe's body continues to respond well to radiation and chemotherapy treatments and that side effects are minimal
  • acceptance of the schedule we can't control
  • one-on-one time with each of the kids, the right words to offer, the right questions to ask
  • our marriage, as right now I feel like we're managers of a crazy life rather than partners in a wonderful life
  • hope, focus and energy for some dear friends who are also battling cancer
  • peace, direction and answers for a special pair of recent seminary graduates who await both a call to ministry and the birth of their first child

1 comment:

jenc2011 said...

Hi my name is Jen. I know you dont know me but I work for ZPS. You have touched me and reminded me of how precious our children really are to us. I have a 3 and 1yr old.I wanted you to know that you are in my families, friends, church and small groups prayers. I have passed along your story. May God contiune to bless your beautiful family, keep your marriage strong, your family healthy and happy. God Bless