Why was this sermon an appropriate message for this week? Well, this week I have learned of three more children who need urgent prayers. I didn't want to have to write posts like this but, the truth of the matter is, we live in a fallen world where sadness, pain, turmoil, and tragedy exist. As a Christian, I have hope in God's promises, His truth, and His love for us, knowing that the world He created for us is coming!
Until then, we can pray pray pray...and here are three more children to add to your list:
Esther Grace Bulgrien
The first one is closest to my heart. J and I went to college with them and they are an incredibly neat Christian family.
Esther was taken early when doctors discovered a fungus in her mom's birth canal that they see often in women who experience pre-term labor. Even though she was born 14 weeks early, they felt that this early of a birth would increase Esther's chance of survival. She is still so tiny and needs many prayers!
They have a Caring Bridge site if you would like to hear their updates.
And then, I heard from A Psych Mommy about another little boy who has leukemia. Manic Mother's son, Ezra was very recently diagnosed with this cancer and they are hosting a fundraiser to help support his treatments. You can read more about his story here.
I leave you with the verses that Esther Grace's dad sent to us:
We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will.