I try to update my requests based upon the activities of the coming week. Some requests stay relatively the same based on a specific season or time of the year, while some have a specific date and time attached to the request. Yet there is one request that has not changed in the 6 years of this team’s ministry and it is the very first request on my list seen by the team each week. Here is the prayer request: “Continual healing and development of my son’s heart valve. “
A few days after my son’s birth it was discovered that he had a serious heart condition that would require open-heart surgery as soon as he was physically able. So at five months to the day he had the surgery. By God’s grace he received incredible medical care and the surgery was a success! Yet given delicate nature of the surgery it requires an annual echocardiogram to monitor the results.
After 6 years and seeing his remarkable progress it is hard to believe he had such a surgery. In fact two weeks ago on Wednesday Rhett and I were on a flight to North Carolina to see a Duke University basketball game in historic Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Yet the reality of his condition is always brought to forefront when he has his annual echo as he did last Wednesday – exactly a week after we left for our trip. These visits stir up the following, amongst many things in me:
It reminds that life is precious
It keeps me humble before God
It stirs up an incredible amount of gratefulness to God and to the many people who pray for my son.
So a heartfelt thank you to those who have been continually praying for my son – many of you since he was born! I am always moved when people come to me and ask how his appointment went and/or to simply let me know they are praying. It means more to me than you know.
So here are the results … as was the case in the past 6 years the visit rendered positive results – something I do not take for granted. Basically if his condition continues on its current course he will never have to have surgery again!
Praise God! And please continue to pray.