Sunday, June 03, 2007

Sunday Afternoon

We are getting settled in after a morning at church and a family meal. Now it is time for Sabbath rest. It’s that wonderful day in the beginning of a new week where we recognize the ability of our Creator to hold all things together without our help! We rest in Him today. He has given us the perfect weather for a nap. It is cool and rainy. The gray overcast skies make our eyelids even heavier. During the night we were able to pray for hours. Katy’s crushing bone pain has returned and the pain medication just does not dull the agony. About midnight I got into her bed and told her a long story about a gingerbread house. She slept lightly with more groaning and crying out. At four in the morning we began to pray out loud and prayed until it was time to get up for church. We are thankful that because of prayer we are not rendered helpless under the load of suffering. Prayer changes things, especially our perspective.

  1. Karen Tillman Says:

    Dear Katy,

    I am so sorry to hear that your bone pain is back. I know that if feels horrible, but just hold on to Christ as you always do and I am sure He will see you through.
    Love and prayers
    Karen Tillman

  2. Aleah Yunger Says:

    I wasn’t feeling so great myself last night (no bone pain, but an upset stomach isn’t fun!) — I kept remembering the Word I had read earlier yesterday morning:

    “We rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” -Romans 5:2-5

    I am sure you are familiar with these verses, but reciting the progression through my mind (suffering, endurance, character, hope) made it all come into view for me. I hope these are words of comfort to you, as well. Prayers for a better night tonight! Love, Aleah

  3. Lillian Oliveira Says:

    Katy and Dawn, how blessed it is that you both pray through those sleepless hours of agony. I KNOW THAT SUFFERING MAKES PRAYER MORE POWERFUL! So I know that God is at work to answer those prayers. Certainly the light of your faith glows very brightly to we who read about it, it is a light filled with the power of God, power to bring unbelievers to Him, and encourage those stumbling along in their own particular morass of pain. I’m glad God gives you good days in between “so that you are able to endure it”. I hope and pray that I will be a help and blessing to you while I am with you this month. I know that I will feel the wonderful Presence of the Lord in your home - I always have before. May this night be a night of sound sleep and restoration for all of you. Love, Aunt Lil

    P. S. An interesting note, When I got home I discovered that the notes I’d written to folks here on regular emails came to MY address here, not their’s. But Pei-ti told them that they could read my comments on your blog and find out where I was! :-)

  4. Doris Harriff Says:

    Another prayer request for these times of intense prayer - I don’t know these 2 little girls, but I have met their grandparents. These little girls, too, have a genetic disease, which is even rarer than HPS (only 20 diagnosed cases in the US, and 2 of them are these sisters), so there is no money for research. I don’t know the name of the disease, I heard their grandfather mention it once, but I didn’t catch it, and I haven’t seen their grandparents for some time now. What I do know about the disease is that it affects their bones, they will probably not get all their permanent teeth, and they had to have bone marrow transplants as infants.

    Aunt Doris

  5. Patricia Says:

    Well, I guessed those blue flowers were a specialty clemantis and I was right.

    It’s wonderful to have the two of you praying together….hard on you Dawn, but I’m sure a wonderful encouraging support for Katy.

    Yesterday I called Rochester, NY and spoke with long-time Purdue friends (Ib’s soul-mate, jogging buddie there) who gave us our first UME weekend back in P’burg. They adopted a Korean daughter, who is now a 2nd semester senior at Rochester Institute of Technology, as a result of Lisa’s adoption. We visited them frequently when we were in NJ and went to see them last Thanksgiving the day after we left the hospital in Roanoke visiting Katy. They had their first grandchild the week after Thanksgiving down in Florida.

    Anyway, she has serious MS, big time and is currently fighting for her life. Her name is Andrea Coggeshall. They are strong believers….but Andrea is ready to give up. She just turned 58 and has been in and out of hospitals since mid-January. First a bladder infection that got into her blood stream. She was in ICU for 3 weeks. Now she has a septic flesh-eating staph infection inside her bladder and may not pull through. It is resistant to every antibiotic they have tried. Urgent prayer petitions, please, you prayer warriors!.

    Thanks! Love you!

  6. Patricia Says:

    Gasp! I just opened today’s mail. The Lord certainly is full of surprises for His appointed ones!

    He knows you’re capable and can handle it….and are full of love.