DAILY PRAYER REQUESTS
Michelle’s mom, Susan, is having knee surgery today. Please pray that she is utterly aware of her dependence upon the Lord at this time. Pray that things will go well and that she and her husband will step closer to salvation as a result of this experience.
Pray for Mary Jo who is having major intestinal surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona today. Pray that she will understand that the Lord holds our fate and that Jesus is the only way to the Father. Pray that she will trust totally in Him.
Continue to pray for Matt and his wife, both recovering heroin addicts. Matt recently got to hold his month-old son. Pray that this addition to their family will motivate them to stay clean and that they will find purpose in their lives. Most of all pray that they will come to the knowledge of Christ’s saving grace.
Keep praying for Corey and Elsa. Corey was recently hospitalized with the flu and pneumonia. They’ve been facing multiple health issues and are feeling discouraged. Pray that their love of the Lord will keep them strong and give them comfort.
The following are anonymous requests:
Pray for our Singles Ministry to flourish. Pray that we have Spirit-filled teaching and worship.
Pray for the lost to find Jesus. Pray for all the unsaved or wandering loved ones of members of our church family. Pray that they will acknowledge their thorough need for Jesus.
Pray for a couple who are having marital problems. Pray that they will make the Lord the center of their individual lives and also of their home. Pray that their little girl will cling to Jesus when she is lonely, afraid or misses having both parents together.
APRIL 12, 2018 UPDATE FROM THE ABERNATHY FAMILY: Some of you follow Hope for Addie on Facebook. You may have already read this most recent post regarding her condition. It’s worth reading again and again. Praise God for this family’s ability to trust in God in the midst of this incredibly difficult journey. Please continue to support them in prayer.
These past few weeks have been a blur. It’s been almost impossible to write this post with so many things constantly changing. It’s hard to believe it’s come to this.
We found out the results of Addie’s scans a few weeks ago and again we were crushed by the results. The cancer has spread even further. The molecular study treatment we had been doing had no effect on the cancer. Addie’s cancer continues to be extremely aggressive and rapidly spreading. Our amazing Oncologist cried with us as we talked about what the future might look like and the short amount of time we likely have left.
As far as treatment options, there is really nothing left to try. Though the treatment options are gone the truth that Addie’s life is in God’s hands has never changed since the beginning.
Our little Addie has been so incredibly strong, and up until now had miraculously showed no sign of pain. Unfortunately the pain has come. Watching your child in pain is one of the most debilitating situations a parent can face. Its so many emotions at once, you feel numb, overwhelmed, sad, angry and helpless. As the pain arrived we realized there might not be much time left so we decided to head to the Oregon Coast to fulfill one of Addie’s bucket list wishes, and spent some time at the beach as well as visit a wild animal safari park. By the time we returned Addie’s pain was out of control and we were back in the hospital working with the doctors trying to find the balance of pain and quality of life. It’s a series of decisions, as a parent, you hope you never have to make.
It’s undeniable that God has been with us through this situation. Tiny hospital rooms full of tears and broken-hearted people somehow create a support and strength during a situation that is so grim. Your prayers have continued to strengthen and support us through this difficult time. Please continue to pray for Addie’s peace and comfort. Once again she has been leading the way and preparing our hearts by telling us she is ready to go to heaven. It doesn’t make sense how a five year old is so certain or understands these things but in such a difficult time there is an awe inspiring peace when you see that your child is at peace with going to see Jesus. We are literally watching the “faith of a child” play out before our eyes. We are hoping to go home and will likely begin hospice care for whatever time we have remaining with Addie.
Sorrow is better than laughter, for sadness has a refining influence on us.