When my family and I moved to Alabama just over a year and a half ago, my daughter was devastated. The four hour drive was filled with hiccup sobs. My heart broke for her and I wished so badly that I could changed everything back to the way it had been, but I couldn’t. God had a plan, and that’s the only thing that kept me going.
I reminded her of that during every teardrop day, “God has a plan, we can’t understand it now, but He does, I know He does.”
Many times, I was saying it by faith, because frankly, I was angry. I was angry at the circumstances which couldn’t be changed, angry at the devil for stealing our lives, angry at myself for not doing more, and I questioned God. “What is it that you’re doing, Lord? Help me to have faith.” I knew God wouldn’t leave us, I had been through worse times, but seeing my children suffer, made me feel helpless.
After only two weeks, during her first soccer game at the new school, my daughter broke her knee. I reminded myself, then my daughter what Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that in ALL things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (NIV)
Following her surgery, a group of sweet girls in her class that had just met her, took my daughter under their wings. Among them, Grace Champion, a local pastor’s daughter, became a light in the darkness for my daughter, Amber. Every time Grace entered a room, her smile would light it up. Her kindness was instrumental in Amber’s recovery and eventual peace with her new home.
Last Christmas, Grace fell ill. Since that day she and her family have traveled the U. S. in search for a diagnosis and cure. Grace has been seen by some of the nation’s top medical neurologists, but most are baffled by Grace’s sickness.
I am writing this today in hopes that you will listen to her story on the link I’ve provided and put Grace on your prayer list, on your church’s prayer list, and any other that you know of. Join me and our church, First Baptist Church of Trussville as we pray for the next 30 days for Grace. We pray for immediate and complete healing.
As Grace’s family struggles, they have become an inspiration to me and many others. As we watch their struggle, we see their faith-walk, it is precious.
So appropriately named, Grace can still light up a room when she enters and although it’s a bit more difficult for her to smile… she still does.
Grace will be undergoing another surgery today, will you please take the time to stop and pray right now?
Father, We lift Grace to You and ask that you completely heal her. We know that You pardon our iniquities, You heal all of our diseases, You redeem, You Crown. In Your lovingkindness and compassion, set Grace securely on high ground, rescue her, satisfy her with long years and good things. Renew her youth like that of an eagles’, bless her with healing in your wings. We thank You that You are near to those who cry out to You and You promise to be with them in their troubles. Father, be it unto Grace, that You will satisfy her with long life and deliver her, in Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
(Taken from, Deuteronomy 30:19, Psalm 91:10-16, Psalm 103: 1-5)
Let us pray, “O Father Grace for Grace!”