Friday, November 6, 2009

prayers needed

Sorry to disappoint, but I'm not doing the drawing for my bling-bling giveaway yet, so you still have time to post a comment on my last post to enter the drawing!

My heart has been heavy today for some friends of ours and I just want to get as many prayers out for them as possible.  If you click on the sweet little baby picture in the top left corner of my blog, you can read all about baby Malachi's situation.  His parents are friends of ours who used to attend our church before moving away.  Malachi is just 10 days old today and was diagnosed last week with CHARGE syndrome.  It's very serious and he will be undergoing major heart surgery next Thursday.  

It is so amazing how John and Marissa are responding to this crisis.  Below are Marissa's own words, taken from her blog, describing their faith in God through this situation.  Please take the time to read it.  It is so worth it.

"Some would say why us? We, too, ask "Why us?" but not in the way that you might be expecting. "Why have we been chosen and blessed with this opportunity?" To that, we can only praise Him and do our best through Christ's power to raise and care for Mr. Malachi. To God alone be the glory.

John is planning on memorizing 2 Corinthians 4 (sorry, Brian, he's still working on it!). We appreciate this passage and we want all of you to know the following: "Therefore we 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" (2 Cor 4:16-18)"

This morning, the following song came on the radio and it brought tears to my eyes just thinking of baby Malachi.  It reminds me of when my niece Ruby was diagnosed with cancer at just 6 months old.  My brother and his wife used every moment of that crisis to bring glory to God.  I would only hope that I could respond in that same way if God would choose to bring us through a trial like theirs.  

Please enjoy this song.  And if you're wondering, yes, the musician, Ginny Owens, is blind.


Katie@The Baby Factory said...

I love that song. I had no idea she was blind.
We are praying. The NICU is difficult and exhausting WITHOUT threat of surgery and serious illness. They have been on my mind a lot as well.

Elizabeth said...

Thanks for the post and the reminder to keep our eyes on God's glory and our hearts constantly in prayer! That song is so full of big concepts...I had no idea she was blind either!

Sarah said...

Thanks for linking up to Marissa's blog...I've been praying for them, too and think it's great that you're being such an encouragement this difficult...and yet, they are sooo strong in the Lord...I'm so inspired by them to trust the Lord more!