by Cheryl on August 13, 2008

This photo shows my sweet Aunt Ann and her daughter Bethany. Bethy and her new husband Phillip are on their honeymoon this week!

My mom’s sister Ann is in a hospital in Florida with Lymphoma, hanging in-between life here on Earth and life in eternity with Jesus. My mom is currently there with their mom and other sister, Linda. If you know my mom Shelley, or sense The Spirit prompting you to pray, please lift up this family and situation to The Lord.

Romans 8:28 promises that, “in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to his purpose.” We have already seen some of the restoration God is bringing to estranged relationships and to distant hearts through this terrible time. Please pray for one key member of Ann’s immediate family who is not responding to the circumstances in love. This conflict has complicated family interaction and added much stress and pain to the situation.

2 Corinthians 4:16 – 18 says, “…do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

Hebrews 12 tells us to, “endure hardship as discipline – for God is treating you as [his] sons.” The Lord lovingly disciplines those he loves. Even Christ!! Hebrews 7: 7-9 says that, “During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered…”

As we come to The Lord with our fear of losing Ann, pain for her 3 children, struggles in loving those who are not acting in love, financial crisis, and frustration at our inability to control health or circumstances – we recognize him as sovereign, faithful, loving, and Father. “For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.” (2 Corinthians 1)

Please pray for peace for all involved- for physical and emotional comfort, healing and strength for Ann, wisdom for those making decisions (doctors and relatives), and that the love and work of our gracious God would be revealed to each one touched by her life.

We love you very much Aunt Annie! Thank you for showing the patience, grace, love, and perseverance of Christ consistently and joyfully throughout your life. Do not lose heart! Life and peace to you, sweet sister!

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