Very busy tonight packing...but I wanted to share two uplifting messages I got today. The first is from a friend of my mom's named Vanessa:
I just wanted to pass on a note i got from a friend of mine....Megan you
may know that i graduated from Liberty University in Lynchburg Virginia.
Our chancellor was the late Dr. Jerry Falwell.
> > During my time at LU, I was a classmate of Dr. Falwells youngest son -
Jonathan. When Dr. Falwell passed away, Jonathan assumed the Senior Pastor
roll at Thomas Road Baptist Church. Like his father, Jonathan is a prayer
warrior. He understands the awesome power of prayer and the need to take
our burdens and our joys to the feet of the throne.
> > All this said, I immediately sent a note and a picture of Brady to him.
He called me the minute he opened the note, and asked detailed questions
regarding Brady and your struggle. He took the picture to the congregation
of TRBC and the students at LU last Wednesday during prayer service. The
congregation of TRBC numbers over 50,000 and the on campus students at LU is
closed to 10,000. The throne room was filled with Brady that night and i
know that many will continue to pray for you and check out your blog.
> > He asked my to pass on his personal email to you and was in hopes that
you would feel free to email him any urgent and detailed pray request that
you would be willing to share. He is a father and told me his heart breaks
for Brady and his family.
The second message came from a reader of the blog:
I pray for Brady daily. I found the following on someone else's website, and thought you would appreciate it. "We also received a tentative date for Caitlin’s reversal surgery!! It was sooner than we thought it would be: February 25th. The wonderful Dr. LaQuaglia will be her surgeon. I have told some of you this story about him, but for the others out there, it is quite beautiful. It was Christmas Eve 2007 - a week since Caitlin’s diagnosis - and I couldn’t sleep. I met another insomniac mom, Carlina, in the hospital pantry in the wee hours of the morning, we exchanged stories, and she was able to tell me where the closest Catholic Church was so I could attend services. She also told me that she came to Sloan all the way from Texas with her 1-year-old child because of Dr. LaQuaglia, the chief pediatric surgeon. At the time, I had never heard of him (and obviously didn’t know how well I would get to know him when Caitlin required emergency surgery a couple of weeks later!) She told me that she often went to pray and saw Dr. LaQuaglia there early one morning with the priest after mass. She questioned the priest afterwards and he confirmed that it was indeed Dr. LaQuaglia and that he came each morning to get his hands blessed before going to work to perform surgery on the children. I caught my breath at the thought - how beautiful. As the weeks went by, Caitlin suddenly needed emergency surgery. It didn’t even dawn on me at the time that the man explaining all the risks to Mike & I was the same doctor. It wasn’t until after everything was over and we were thanking him profusely, that he raised his hands up and said ‘Hey, it’s not me’ and looked up to the heavens. Suddenly, the pieces connected and I exclaimed, ‘You’re the doctor that gets his hands blessed every morning, aren’t you?’ He just looked at me and one of the nurses said to him, ‘They’re on to you! They heard about you.’ Since then, I have heard time and time again about families who come specifically to Sloan so that Dr. LaQuaglia can be the surgeon who operates on their child. I was told of a family from Costa Rica (I think….) who didn’t speak much English, but could communicate that they were in NY for ‘God’s Surgeon’. Talk about pressure. But we can’t think of anyone else that we would want operating on Caitlin, can you?!?"
I'm holding fast tonight to God's promises and believing with my whole heart in the power of prayer...