A dear friend of mine, Mother is fighting for her life with lung cancer. This young friend of mine, is much more like a daughter to me. It has been hard watching her go through so hard times, at such a young age. Actually any age, is too young to lose a Mother. I was only in my 40's, when my Mom died.
We are still praying that her Mom will be able to make it through this and back to health, but it has taken such a toll on my dear friend and her family. I remember well, staying at the hospital day and day out... and being told, on more than one occasion ...that my Mom probably wouldn't make it through the day or night! I thought my heart had been ripped out. We were exhausted, scared, and sleep deprived, just to mention a few. I could hear in my young friend's voice, those same feelings. How I wish I could go and be with her, hold her like her Mom would, and tell her everything is going to work out right. I try to keep in touch over the phone but I ache to be by her side.
I was reading in the scriptures tonight and came across this in Mark 6:56 AND WHITHERSOEVER HE ENTERD, INTO VILLAGE, OR CITIES, OR COUNTRY, THEY LAID THE SICK IN THE STREETS, AND BESOUGHT HIM THAT THEY MIGHT TOUCH IF IT WERE BUT THE BORDER OF HIS GARMENT; AND AS MANY AS TOUCHED HIM WERE MADE WHOLE.
Then I read this quote from Lloyd Newell and Robert Millet's book JESUS THE VERY THOUGHT OF THEE, about this scripture..."Although many touched the hem of Jesus' garment, the power to be healed was not in the garment. It was not in the clay that the blind man was instructed to put over his eyes and then wash away ( John 9:6 ). The power resided within the Lord himself--and in those who had faith in him. As people looked to the Savior, heard his words, believed his witness, trusted him, and exercised faith and hope in him, miracles took place in their lives. Sometimes their hearts were touched and their souls transformed. Sometimes their broken bodies were mended. Always an encounter with Jesus on the part of a believer is a lifting, liberating, life-changing experience. We are never the same after we come unto Christ.
I am grateful to know that my dear young friend, has such a strong faith in God. She has mentioned that on more than one occasion, and continues to ask everyone to pray for them and her Mom. Yes, she has great faith and so I know some how, some way...she will make it through this! Prayers are very powerful, and I am glad that I at least can do that, for her and her family!
"There is no obstacle to great, no challenge too difficult, if we have faith." ~ Gordon B. Hinckley
"Those who walk in faith will feel their lives encompassed with the light and blessings of heaven. They will understand and know things that others cannot." ~ Joseph B. Wirthlin
"At ... moments of crisis and challenge, some choose to abandon faith just at the time when it most needs to be embraced. Prayer is ignored at the very hour when it needs to be intensified. Virtue is carelessly tossed aside when it needs to be cherished. God is forsaken in the all-too-human yet mistaken fear that He has forsaken us." ~David S. Baxter