Tuesday, May 16, 2017
"I Say a Little Prayer for You"
The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
In the midst of my recap of our "vacation" in North Carolina, my husband, Danny, suffered a setback with his new pacemaker due to a severe infection. I simply could not continue with the story here until we had some positive resolution. Praise the Lord, we have! After enduring two surgeries in a week's time, Danny is back home and improving every day. And even though you now have a sneak peek at the final outcome, I hope the encounters and revelations from our North Carolina experience shared here will inspire and encourage you in your walk with the Lord.
I am back in Danny's hospital room after my successful Walmart run, delighted to see that Dr. H. has arrived with good news. Surgery for the needed pacemaker is slated for 12:30 tomorrow (Wednesday)! Having a definite time frame at last, I am anxious to contact family and friends to keep Danny in prayer, and though we haven't attended our church in months since the dissolution of our band, I'm still active on the prayer chain. I promptly email the coordinator all the information.
"But are you sure that's all right to do?" Danny queries after I tell him the prayer chain has been alerted.
"Honey, just because we haven't been attending church doesn't mean these people don't care about you, about us," I assure him. "And don't you agree that we need all the prayers we can get right now?"
"I can't argue with that," he says, and adds wistfully, "I wish we could go back there, but there's no way I can. Just can't let go of the hurt, you know?"
I squeeze his hand understandingly. "It's hard to forgive, isn't it? But hanging onto the grief will only end up harming you."
"I know, I know," Danny says, not without some frustration. "I'm just not ready. Not yet."
We chat away the afternoon as the friendly nurses come and go at regular intervals. Although he doesn't want me to leave, Danny urges me to get going around five o'clock so I can once again indulge in the complimentary food and beverages at the hotel. I don't want to leave him either, but with as much money as this "vacation" is costing us, who am I to argue with free?
Back at the hotel, I happily run into Claudia again in the dining area. It is such a joy to reconnect with her, and not have to dine alone. We talk about family and work like we've known each other all our lives. I can feel the mercy of God reaching out to me through her kind company, and I do hope my presence is as much of a gift to her.
I return to my room after dinner, still wishing the Gideons hadn't let me down, but so gratified to have clean pajamas to sleep in and fresh clothes for the next two days. And unexpectedly, but oh, so welcomed, a deep, abiding sense of calm settles in my bones. Worries about tomorrow, subdued in Claudia's companionship, completely melt away. Is Danny sensing the same?
"How are you feeling, honey?" I ask as soon as Danny answers his phone.
"Believe it or not, peaceful," he says. "I'm not concerned about the surgery at all. What will be will be."
"It's the prayers!" I exclaim. "We're covered with them! I feel that same peace, too!"
And if ever either of us doubted the immense power of intercessory prayer in the past, those doubts vanished that day as morning mist in the sunlight.
Thanks be to God!
To be continued . . .
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