Sunday, February 8, 2009

Prayers desired...

I am going to forgo the normal routine this weekend~there will be no "You Light Up My Life" today, but I am hoping to return with it next weekend if circumstances allow.

Today, it is you, my blogger friends, who I am asking to throw a few extra prayers my family's way. More specifically, my sister's family. She & her husband will be having a baby tomorrow & we are all anxious for this little one's arrival. Of course, there is all of the normal stuff-is it a boy or a girl, will I finally have a nephew on that side of the family, how big will he/she be, who will he/she look may have noticed that I have left out one very important question-"Is he/she healthy?" That my friends is why we are most anxious. We already know the answer to this question & have known for 19 long weeks.
No, the baby has this~sounds scary, doesn't it? Well, I can tell you that it is VERY scary & we are all trying to do whatever we can for them-babysitting my 2 beautiful nieces, staying with them at the hospital, checking on things at home, etc-but the one thing we can't do is fix this problem, so we pray & do the things we can do!

The ironic thing is we have seen this all before & not that long ago. My dear friend, Jill, dealt with CDH (& her little man is still dealing with the effects) when her son was born just a little over a year ago. At the time, I went through all of the ups & downs of her little guy's journey by following along with her updates, listening when she needed, along with a giving her a shoulder to cry on if she needed it-when her heart broke or filled with joy, mine did as well. Little did I know, how that journey was going to be impacting my family's life very soon. I say it is ironic because the odds of CDH occurring are only 1 in 2,500 births, but in our small circle, we have now experienced two.
Because I am the oldest sister, I tend to want to be a "mother hen" when it comes to my 2 sisters. I HATE seeing either of them in pain or having to face something like this. If I could take it on myself, I would, but it IS happening to her so I will do the best I can to provide her with whatever she needs from me & we will continue to look to Jill's little guy as a hero of CDH & overcoming its obstacles, while praying that our family's impending arrival will be able to do the same.

We attended a prayer service this evening with my sister's family & I thought this prayer was beautiful & says it all. We'd appreciate it very much if you could take a moment to say it too.

Prayer for the Family
Lord Jesus, you promised that wherever two or three are gathered in your name, there you are in the midst of them. Let this family feel your presence and your deep love for them. Give them confidence that their loved ones are in your care, and give them hope in their trials. Divine Physician, pour your love on the wounds of their grief, and accept every tear as a prayer from their hearts. Come Holy Spirit, divine Comforter, and shelter this family under the safety of your wings in the difficult days ahead. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.


Jill E G said...

We will be praying for your family. Hang in there guys. These CDH kids are fighters.

pjseiler said...

They are in my prayers!


Kara said...

Your family is in my prayers

Tracy said...

Prayers from the Sniders.