I write this post with a somewhat sad yet hopeful heart. It has been a LONG time since I have written anything – and that’s OK. I have been waiting on the Lord to give me some guidance when to start and what to say.
Our church was given a word that we were in a new season, and we have been focusing on revival. We have folks stepping out in faith which is awesome! We are having corporate prayer and we have even started Soak Worship. It is actually very exciting and I am seeing the Lord move in me and others.There is something sacrificial to do these things – commitment, time, patience….and faith.
One of my best friends is one of the pastors of our church. We have been through many things together and we even work together. His love of Christ is so evident in how he lives his life. His faithfulness to the body of Christ is admirable. His friendship is invaluable.
My brother Jeff has shared that he has experienced what Jesus felt on the cross, something he wanted to know – empathy in the physical. He said it was painful, almost unbearable – the pain was real and it has given him insight into what Jesus did for us. He shares that when he preaches and I am grateful.
Sadly, Jeff lost his son last year. I remember one Sunday after his son passed. I am on the worship team and we began and Jeff walked up and raised his hands – later I found out that that is what the Lord told him to do. As he stood there, he began to weep. Carmen, his wife is also on the worship team. As we saw this transpire she ran to hold him. I ran to comfort.
When I went to him, I asked Jesus to give me what he was feeling like he had with Jesus, to maybe ease his pain – I wept, shaking with grief. Tears rolled, my body shook, I was torn apart. It was so much. I stayed and prayed, but it hurt so bad. I pray I’ll never know that depth of loss.
So now, today, as our church body tries to move in the spirit of revival, my friend is challenged again. His daughter Sarah is under attack – with cancer. Cancer I know, cancer I hate.
Sarah Elaine was diagnosed with cancer as a child. Jeff has shared the story where he would have willingly given his life for his – just like Jesus did for us. God not only healed her, he healed her a second time. This time, the third time, she is facing chemotherapy as surgery is not an option.
God is good. Period. Cancer does not come from him – it is from the fallen world.
Psalm 107:1 King James Version (KJV)
107 O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
God is a healer. It is His nature.
Exodus 23:25 King James Version (KJV)
25 And ye shall serve the Lord your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee.
I stand with My brother and his family and we reject the diagnosis and claim the healing promised by Jesus. I have nothing else to stand on but the Word.
Mark 16:17-18 King James Version (KJV)
17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
Will you stand with Jeff? Will you stand with the friend or family member who may be facing the same challenge? Will you stand for someone you do not even know? Put simply, we can we stand on God’s word? Can we together agree that God is good, His Word is true, and that He can and will heal?
I love Jesus. I love His Word, and I am believing that He is Who He says He is. He is the Great Physician, so I ask that he heal Sarah Elaine – in His mighty Name!
I would be remiss if I did not provide an opportunity to help support Sarah Elaine:
Thank You Lord in advance for Your mighty healing touch!