Saturday, January 31, 2009

Still No News

Still no word from our doctor. We have called the oncologist "on call" several times, and basically it boils down to this: Apparently we have a 9:15 appointment with Radiology on Monday for a bone scan. The only reason we know this is because the tech on Friday happened to mention it to us. Our doctor was supposed to call us with results on Friday and the schedule for the week. She hasn't. The last we heard from her we were supposed to be admitted after the scan on Monday. The person we spoke with today said that there is nothing on file saying we will be admitted. Our other concern is that they are saying that plans haven't been made to sedate him. The scan will take 30 minutes straight, meaning he will have to held down for that whole time. We are not okay with this and do not understand at all why things aren't being coordinated better. Ughh!

Brady is pretty much the same today. We got a few laughs out of him this morning which was wonderful! It seems Eli may be coming down with something, so there is a lot of snuggling going on over here.

One of our readers, Pam, shared a wonderful devotional with me regarding prayer. Please read it and remember how important your prayers are to us!
When You Speak, God Hears
by Max Lucado

Those who pray keep alive the watch fires of faith. For the most part we don’t even know their names. Such is the case of someone who prayed on a day long ago. His name is not important. He is important not because of who he was, but because of what he did.

He went to Jesus on behalf of a friend. His friend was sick, and Jesus could help, and someone needed to go to Jesus, so someone went. Others cared for the sick man in other ways. Some brought food; others provided treatment; still others comforted the family. Each role was crucial. Each person was helpful, but no one was more vital than the one who went to Jesus.

John writes: “So Mary and Martha sent someone to tell Jesus, ‘Lord, the one you love is sick’” (John 11:3, emphasis mine).

Someone carried the request. Someone walked the trail. Someone went to Jesus on behalf of Lazarus. And because someone went, Jesus responded.

In the economy of heaven, the prayers of saints are a valued commodity. John the apostle would agree. He wrote the story of Lazarus and was careful to show the sequence: The healing began when the request was made.

The phrase the friend of Lazarus used is worth noting. When he told Jesus of the illness, he said, “The one you love is sick.” The power of the prayer, in other words, does not depend on the one who makes the prayer but on the one who hears the prayer.

We can and must repeat the phrase in manifold ways. “The one you love is tired, sad, hungry, lonely, fearful, depressed.” The words of the prayer vary, but the response never changes. The Savior hears the prayer. He silences heaven so he won’t miss a word. The Master heard the request. Jesus stopped whatever he was doing and took note of the man’s words. This anonymous courier was heard by God.

John’s message is critical. You can talk to God because God listens. Your voice matters in heaven. He takes you very seriously. When you enter his presence, the attendants turn to you to hear your voice. No need to fear that you will be ignored. Even if you stammer or stumble, even if what you have to say impresses no one, it impresses God—and he listens.

Intently. Carefully. The prayers are honored as precious jewels. Purified and empowered, the words rise in a delightful fragrance to our Lord. “The smoke from the incense went up from the angel’s hand to God” (Rev. 8:4). Incredible. Your words do not stop until they reach the very throne of God.

One call and heaven’s fleet appears. Your prayer on earth activates God’s power in heaven.

You are the someone of God’s kingdom. Your prayers move God to change the world. You may not understand the mystery of prayer. You don’t need to. But this much is clear: Actions in heaven begin when someone prays on earth. What an amazing thought!

When you speak, Jesus hears.

And when Jesus hears, the world is changed.

All because someone prayed.

In the Eye of the StormFrom
For These Tough Times:
Reaching Toward Heaven for Hope and Healing
© (Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2006) Max Lucado


  1. Thanks for sharing. That helps us feel our prayers are making a difference, so even we don't grow weary.Happy to hear of his smiles.Can you give him benedryl if they are not going to sedate him? We don't forget the other kids when we pray, i pray for their health too that no one gets sick ontop of everything else.Sleep well. Has he gone to the bathroom yet?

  2. Have you ever read the story of Hezekiah? I typed it out in the form of a Bible/study devotion and I'd love it if you'd read it when you need a little reminder that God does answer prayer and that prayer DOES change things. The short study is here:

    I am praying for you all and am so sorry that the doctors dropped the ball on the scheduling. I hope it all gets worked out easily so that isn't another struggle for you guys.

    God bless!


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