Monday, August 6, 2012

Prayer requests from Zion, Illinois.


Ah, those dreaded scans.  The moment where we contemplate whether it's better to know what's happening in Ryan's body, or whether ignorance is bliss.  Like them or hate them, scan results come back tomorrow, around noon Eastern time.  As I write this, Ryan is probably loaded up on barium and getting ready to enter the little tube.  We sincerely covet your prayers as we await the results tonight and tomorrow morning.  Pray for healing. Restoration. A miracle. Peace. Wisdom. Grace. Comfort.

Jer. 32:27, "Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh; is anything too difficult for Me?"

As anxious as we are about the results tomorrow, we claim this promise in advance: our God is still going to be the same loving, merciful, gracious God that He is today.  Our trust in Him will not be shaken whether the results are the best we could have hoped for, or whether we are devastated.  His character does not change like the shifting sands of our emotions.  No matter what we (or you) face in life, we must know this.

Psalm 91

1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, 
    my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you
    from the fowler’s snare 
    and from the deadly pestilence. 
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
    and under his wings you will find refuge; 
    his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
    nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
    and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
    and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
    no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways; 
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. 
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
    you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
    I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble,
    I will deliver him and honor him. 
16 With long life I will satisfy him
    and show him my salvation. ”

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