My parents prayed for all of our family everyday. They prayed for each of us together and separately. That also included praying everyday for my sister-in-law, Kate to be healed. Kate has suffered for years from what doctors said was a degenerative muscle disease. Slowly, her muscles have refused to respond to her commands. Lately, she has not been able to walk or even hold the phone up to her ear.
Despite all this, she has remained positive. She has prayed for the healing of others and rejoiced when their healing came. Her husband, my courageous brother, Stephen, has prayed for her and cared for her and their family. His strength amazes me.
Stephen called me yesterday and told me that Kate has now been diagnosed with a form of ALS. Doctors say there is nothing they can do to heal her body. They can only try to slow the disease down.
Kate's church has been praying for her. Her children (Daniel & Vanessa - love you both!!) pray tirelessly for their Mom. I have been praying for Kate, too. So many faithful, believing people praying that she will be healed. Yet God seems to be very silent. I find myself wondering where God is when we need Him so badly. Kate is such a sweet, deserving Godly woman!
I wish I had an answer. I just know that I will keep praying. Stephen says he knows Mom & Dad are praying even now. I know God is faithful. In His time, our prayers will be answered.
2 Timothy 2:11-13 (The Message)
This is a sure thing:
If we die with him, we'll live with him;
If we stick it out with him, we'll rule with him;
If we turn our backs on him, he'll turn his back on us;
If we give up on him, he does not give up—
for there's no way he can be false to himself.
I Peter 1:3-5 (The Message)
What a God we have! And how fortunate we are to have him, this Father of
our Master Jesus! Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we've been
given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a
future in heaven—and the future starts now! God is keeping careful watch
over us and the future. The Day is coming when you'll have it all—life
healed and whole.
Your day is coming, Kate! I love you, my sweet sister!