I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart;
I will tell of all Your marvelous works. Psalm 9:1 (NKJV)
On a sunny August morning, I sat on the porch of my daughter’s home in Wisconsin, reading my Bible as cars buzzed by on her busy street. It had already been a doozy of a day, waking at 5 a.m. to a doggie mess in the house. After a good scrubbing all around, I finally had my tea and Bible in hand and headed out to the “quiet” of the front porch before the kids woke up. There, with morning glory vines creeping up behind my bench and blue skies above, I was so thankful to rest in God’s Word for a time.
This was my fourth visit to Wisconsin this year since our granddaughter Kennedy was diagnosed with T-cell lymphoma cancer. During a pandemic when most people stayed home, this homebody was traveling more than ever. By God’s grace and mercy, He gave us safe passage, provision, and good health every time. On our first visit in February, I anointed Kennedy and her home with oil and prayer. On our second visit from March to April, I prayed for her to walk again. At that same time all the schools and churches shut down due to the coronavirus. I wrote last spring of our visit…
My feet often took me past the old St. Mary’s Church and School. The stately bricks told a story of generations coming to worship Jesus. I laid my hands on the side of the church building and prayed for God to fill this church again with His people and Holy Spirit. I prayed for God to sweep this land with a revival and healing. I prayed for God’s people to come.
During my third visit at the end of May, that very church began meeting again! When other churches were still closed, this one was among the first to begin worship services. Praise the Lord! And shortly after my May visit, Kennedy took her first steps. More praise to Jesus, for I had prayed months before…
“Talitha, Cumi. Little girl, arise. Do your miracles, Jesus!”
And then, during my August visit, as I sat on the porch bench that day, I saw school kids going by on the sidewalk and school buses carrying more children, and I realized school was starting that very day! Neighboring districts were only having online school, but in my daughter’s town they were meeting in person. Another praise! School was beginning at St. Mary’s school where I had prayed last spring…
Then I walked over to the school buildings and laid my hands on those bricks and prayed for the return of the children, for God’s blessing on the students and teachers and families. I prayed especially for healing for my granddaughter so she can be in the preschool next fall. I walked to the playground and prayed again for the children to return and for their safely there.
We are still hopeful for Kennedy to return to preschool, perhaps in January 2021. When something exciting happened during this recent visit, Kennedy exclaimed, “I’m going to tell my whole preschool class!” She still feels a strong connection to the group of children she hasn’t seen since last winter. One evening as I was helping her with a bath, Kennedy pointed to her chest, scarred by a chemo port and tummy pokes, and told me, “Jesus is in my heart.” Oh, this Grandma is so thankful!
And so I will keep praying, because I know God hears and answers prayers. Prayer works! I will keep praying for Jesus’ complete healing of Kennedy as she endures these next two months of hard chemo and steroids, and then two years of maintenance chemo. I will keep praying for our country to repent and turn to Jesus, so He can heal our land and so that all churches and schools can meet. I will keep praying because prayer works.
Today’s TEA CUPP: My friend, keep praying. I know some days can be discouraging (especially when they begin with doggie messes) and it seems like God doesn’t hear, but He really, really does. He loves you so much that He died and rose for you. He has a wonderful plan for your life. He wants you to talk to Him every day and He will speak to you through His Word and Holy Spirit. Keep praying. Prayer works because Jesus never stops working.
…He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel
Shall neither slumber nor sleep. Psalm 121:3-4
The Lord has heard my supplication;
The Lord will receive my prayer. Psalm 6:9 (NKJV)
Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 1 John 5:14 (NKJV)
P.S. Please continue to pray for Kennedy. We couldn’t fight this battle without all of you, dear prayer friends. Kennedy needs your prayers more than ever as she endures more really tough chemo and steroids. All glory be to Jesus for her healing!
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982