My dear friend, J, who is a woman whose faith has always inspired and touched me, is very ill. She is in her mid-30s. A few years ago, she found out she had kidney failure which would require a transplant. Around the same time her father was given a terminal diagnosis and died within weeks. When the doctors anaesthetised J for an emergency kidney transplant, she reacted very badly and was unable to receive the kidney. J’s father died, and his dying wish was that J’s mother donate her kidney to their daughter. Several months ago this wish was fulfilled. Things began looking up. Now dear J has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer and the doctors are running out of options. Now is the time, God-willing, for a miracle. J is one of those rare, beautiful people. Her faith is guileless and her simplicity shines like a beacon. I know she has touched those around her while she has been ill, whether they were believers or not. That’s just who she is, and how she shines with God’s love. Genuinely. This is not just words because I’m feeling sorry for her (I wouldn’t do that anyway). J and her husband C are two precious, precious people. I know we’re all precious to God, but you know how in the book of John it says how there was one disciple ‘whom Jesus loved’? C and J are like that. Special. It’s going to take a miracle for C to ‘keep’ J for a little longer, but miracles do happen. Please pray. Thank you.
Jesus, we are all small in the face of trouble. May we never flinch, nor run, nor hide. May we always act with integrity and compassion, following Your example in our broken and hurting world. Please help dear J. She’s one of the best.
Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”
Mark 9:24 (NKJV)