Healing

“I didn’t expect to recover from my second operation but since I did, I consider that I’m living on borrowed time. Every day that dawns is a gift to me and I take it in that way. I accept it gratefully without looking beyond it. I completely forget my physical suffering and all the unpleasantness of my present condition and I think only of the joy of seeing the sun rise once more and of being able to work a little bit, even under difficult conditions.”
― Henri Matisse

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(roses / Boston Public Gardens / Julie Cook / 2014)

I’m traveling bright and early over to Atlanta today, taking my son to a specialist at Emory as we seek some much needed healing of body. Complications from the kidney stones are not getting better but seem to be worsening.

As we travel to Emory I am very mindful that Dr. Kent Brantly is currently in Emory’s infectious diseases facility for treatment of the dreaded Ebola virus he contracted while in Africa treating the growing number of victims of this frightening virus. Tuesday Nancy Writebol, a missionary also in Africa to help those victims of the virus, as well as, the second American to contract the virus, will arrive in Atlanta for treatment.

I am aware, as a mother, how I am concerned over the health of my now grown son–I can only imagine how the families of both Dr. Brantly and Mrs. Writebol must feel. The fear of the unknown coupled by the knowledge of what a virus such as Ebola can do to the human body with a vicious and deadly rate of speed.

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(roses / Boston Public Gardens / Julie Cook / 2014)

Today may we all offer our hopes and prayers for healing.
Healing for all who are currently afflicted by illness of both body and mind.
May we remain prayerful for those suffering in Israel and Gaza.
May we remain prayerful for those in China who were affected by yesterday’s deadly earthquake.
May we remain prayerful for those in Ukraine and Russia as that portion of the world remains in crisis.
May we continue to be prayerful for the families who have lost loved ones on both the Malaysian planes–one downed and one still missing.
May we pray for all in Africa who are afflicted with Ebola.
May we pray for all the healthcare workers throughout this world who work tirelessly to bring hope and healing to all who suffer.

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(roses, Boston Public Garden / Julie Cook / 2014

Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.
Isaiah 53:4-5

11 comments on “Healing

  1. Beautiful post … from the depths of a compassionate heart.

  2. Lynda says:

    Julie, you have listed so many areas of prayer concern in our world. May I just add prayer for the crisis in Syria and for the Christians in Mosul in Iraq. So much suffering in our world and my question to the Lord is where am I in all of this and what am I to do? I pray for an open heart as I long to bring comfort and healing and yet I need to wait for the Lord’s direction. May you find answers today for your son’s health. Blessings and prayers.

    • I knew I was forgetting another “hot spot” in need of prayer—as for Brenton, they think they may know the culprit—they did some ultrasounds and lab work. I hope they are rather certain with their speculations as to what the trouble is but we’ll head back over in a couple of weeks for some more tests and a scope— until then he was given some meds.
      Thank you for your prayers Lynda–Brenton has always required more than his fair share 😉
      love to you—Julie

  3. phyllissnipes says:

    You are both in our prayers today…as you are every day! May our Lord stretch out His healing Hands to this hurting world.

  4. Thanks Phyllie—back in three weeks for a scope.

  5. Gorgeous roses. I’ll sure be glad when we see some here again in the fall. Kent was here at a church we used to go to and my daughter had his children in her pre-school program. So she knows the family and has been very concerned about Kent and his family. We’ve all been praying for all of them and especially Kent. I’m sorry to hear that your son is not better and will pray for healing for him as well. I know you are very concerned about it and will pray for you as well. This was a great post, my friend. Love and hugs, Natalie 🙂

    • A small world indeed–and thank you for the prayers.
      They found a cyst causing swelling and inflammation—hopefully that’s the culprit–we go back in a couple of weeks for some more tests but in the meantime, they gave him some meds—we shall see. . .
      Again, Natalie thank you for all the prayers!!

  6. I am keeping your son and you in my prayers that he will get better quickly. I know exactly what he is going thru as I mentioned to you before. He is in good hands having his mother there to care for him and help him with decisions he will need to make.

    I enjoyed your roses!! 🙂 big hugs! Michael

    • Thank you Michael–it’s a frustrating deal as they don’t seem to think there’s anything wrong as there is not infection—but for some reason he’s really having difficulties—he’s getting frustrated as well as mad–
      fingers crossed!
      Thank you for the prayers–
      Julie

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