I pray that you were able to find a few ideas to be able to reach out to someone you know who is going through a painful trial.
The last 3 ideas today are probably the most important of them all.
The GREATEST comfort to me over the last 6 months was knowing that people were…
#1 – Praying for us.
Right away our church started a Prayer Chain for the Happy Baby. A calendar was posted on our church’s website where congregants could sign up for a time slot throughout the day to pray for the Happy Baby.
It was amazing. Time slots were available all day long (including the wee hours of the night!). Almost every slot was filled – which meant that the Happy Baby was being covered in prayer 24-7.
I bawled my eyes out when I read the names of people who signed up to pray… Even an 11-year-old boy had signed up for the 1 am slot. 🙂 And there were many names of people we did not even know who had gotten wind of our story and wanted to help somehow.
I firmly believe that our baby boy (and us, for that matter!) would not be where he is today without the army of prayer warriors lifting him up all the time.
In fact, I giggled when our pastor’s wife said to me one day, “I think God is going to be sick of hearing from all of us!”
#2 – Fasting
Fasting is when you choose to deny yourself something for a certain amount of time.
Some people choose to fast from food, while others might fast from a particular thing (like an iPad or even a blog).
It is a biblical way of demonstrating your love to the Lord by the denial of basic pleasures- that He is more important to you than things or food.
The goal is to spend your time completely focusing on Him.
It is also a way to come before the Lord with a desire to see Him do something.
One of my friends decided to fast from food and spend time in prayer for us every Monday until the Happy Baby came home.
About one month into the hospitalization, I texted her and said, “Girl, you are going to be a twig when all this is said and done.” 🙂
But let me tell you something.
I came to look forward to Mondays because it brought me such comfort to know my friend was joining me in the battle in such a sacrificial way – and she has a husband and 3 kids of her own!
As a result of her faithful obedience, she became a source of great wisdom and encouragement for me.
Pray about it. Maybe the Lord might call you to give something up for a day or two or more for the sake of a brother or sister in need.
#3 – Weeping
This last reason was the one that impacted me the most throughout our trial.
On more than one occasion, with more than one friend, I discovered what it meant to have a person with whom I could grieve with.
There were days when I just needed to talk to someone, to bawl my eyes out about the incredible burden I was carrying with all the pressures and decisions we were having to make about our little one’s health and life…
I’d pick up the phone, dial a friend, and she would literally weep with me.
I’ll never forget the day when the doctors were all 98% sure the Happy Baby had Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Against my better judgement I went home and scoured the internet for information about it.
I could see why the doctors thought what they thought.
I dialed my friend’s number and cried and cried.
She burst into tears and cried and cried as well.
And she said, “If that is what it is, Julie, we will help you get through this. You will not be alone.”
She came alongside me in my pain.
She responded to the call from Romans 12:15 to, “…mourn with those who mourn…”
She didn’t try to ‘help’ or ‘fix’ things. She simply shared a tissue. 🙂
When people are hurting, God calls The Church to be their comfort. To enter into that person’s pain with them.
And it is there that true healing can be found in the crisis.
“Weeping may remain for the night, but joy comes in the morning…” Psalm 30:5
Happy Pray/Fast/Weep-ing. 🙂