Real Estate Agent with Reliant Realty in Nashville, TN TN License# 00232013

Ezra and Nathan

HELPLESS AM I when I learn a dear friend is facing an incurrable blood disorder.  Do you know the feeling of which I speak?

YES, I CAN and AM praying for my friend, but it does not relieve my helplessness.  Several others have sought prayer on behalf of someone they love, and I venture they too have this helpless feeling.  While we exhort one another to turn to God in prayer, and know HE ANSWERS PRAYER, we find ourselves (almost like gasping for air) struggling with our own helplessness.  "I gotta do something!"  But there is nothing I can do, but turn to God in prayer, and reach out to my dear friend: hoping I can assure her that she is not alone.

As I have continued to watch for word on Cinnamon's brother (Wayne--open heart surgery), continue to keep him in my prayers; continue to watch for updates on others who have made prayer requests, and have a brother & mother struggling with health issues--I find out one of the dearest people I know has been going through chemotherapy .

I know I am not alone in this (I would wish I were: that would suggest all is well with others).  I am made mindful of Jesus' promise to be with us.  Facing death and illness are all too scary, and again I learn how inadequate is my ability to solve problems, and how minor are the troubles in my own little world.

Years ago I purchased an old school bus, and my son & I cleaned it up and repaired it for use as a JOY BUS.  We named it LAZARUS: Friend of Jesus, and used it to bring children to Jesus.  I (and my team) often talked to children about how Lazarus was Jesus' friend, and that when Jesus learned of his friend's death, "Jesus wept."  Our tears only water the flowers of our friendship.

Three things I shall do: (1) pray without ceasing, (2) pray, believing God answers prayers, and (3) lend strength to my friend. One other thing I must not under-estimate: the power of touch--just a simple holding of hands, a simple hug, and even the touch of a smile.

To my friend, your friend, our friends: "Know that you are not alone, and our helplessness should not suggest the absence of help."  We will pray with you and for you, and we will stand by you because we love you.

We may be helpless, but we are not powerless!!!

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Fred Cope, Reliant Realty, Nashville, TN -- (615) 587-3500 -- --30 years experience in real estate and finance


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Maria Couto
RE/MAX Premier - Berkeley Heights, NJ
Realtor with "Results That "MOVE" You'

Fred, I can see from this post and previous ones that you have a lot of faith. It is unusual to see it (or read) publicly, I guess it is not politically correct now a-days. I command you for sharing it. I will say a prayer.

Feb 03, 2011 11:25 PM #1
Fred Cope
Reliant Realty in Nashville, TN - Nashville, TN
Looking For Homes With A Smile

Maria, thank you for the prayer, and the kind words.

As for the political correctness: none of that crowd hung on a cross for me!   Their correctness is not the correctness that redeems. "I know in whom I believe and am pesuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him."  -- I Timothy 1:12 KJV

Feb 03, 2011 11:49 PM #2
Danell Estrada
Highlands Ranch Appraisals, LLC - Highlands Ranch, CO

Fred, this blog made me cry because it touched my Heart. I am a women of faith also and I have two friends facing Cancer. I feel helpless just the same. They mean so much to me but I fear that I cannot really help them. You stating " just a touch, a hug or a smile helps" reminds me that the most simplest things really do count when it comes to friendship. I will have you and your friends in my prayers.

Feb 04, 2011 12:10 AM #3
Fred Cope
Reliant Realty in Nashville, TN - Nashville, TN
Looking For Homes With A Smile

Danell, thank you!  Offer yourself as an instrument of God's healing to your friends: don't talk it--walk it!  Be a vessel that brings to them the "Balm of Gilead."  Sometimes, they just need to know you hurt with them, and other times that you will weep with them.  You are off to a great start: you can weep and admit it.  May the Lord shine His countenance upon you, and give you peace.

Feb 04, 2011 12:30 AM #4
Fred Griffin
Frederick Griffin, Licensed Real Estate Broker - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

I believe in the G-d of the Bible. 


"Yea, though I walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, I will fear no Evil..."

"I have come that they may have Life, and have it more abundantly."

  G-d Bless your friend Wayne.   G-d the Healer is the same, yesterday, today, and forever.

Feb 04, 2011 01:32 AM #5
Valerie Sagheddu
Apostle Art Home Staging & Design - Stroudsburg, PA
~Home Staging Professional, Poconos, PA

This is so beautiful Fred. I will keep your friend in my prayers...that is the very BEST we can do for each other!!

Your post is being featured in the group "PRAYING in the Rain"


Feb 04, 2011 02:31 PM #6
Joni Staples
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Anderson Properties - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

Praying for your friend and for you as you continue to minister to her. When I feel helpless, I often make the mistake of saying "all I can do is pray..." I am trying to catch myself and change the words to "the best thing that I can do is pray..." Blessings my brother! ☺

The last update (on Cinnamon's blog) said that Wayne has not lost anymore blood (PRAISE) and that they may take him out of ICU soon and in to a regular room. Will keep him through the weekend just to make sure it doesn't happen again, especially since they don't know where or why he keeps loosing blood.

Feb 04, 2011 11:47 PM #7
Fred Cope
Reliant Realty in Nashville, TN - Nashville, TN
Looking For Homes With A Smile

Fred, Valerie & Joni,  Every time I look up, one of you is there with supportive comments.  Thank you.

Jeana holding Andrew It has been a bit of a bummer week: my mother (84 years old) has a broken bone in her foot; and then learning of my former loan processor's illness drove me to my knees.  I am reminded that it is so easy to take health and friends for granted. This friend's health had not crossed my mind.  She is that person whom you just assume will always be there--making others feel good about themselves. I have come to call her "Sunshine" because she always brightens the day. She is a ministering servant to others.

Jeana meets my first grandson (now 7 y.o.)--instant friends.

Feb 05, 2011 01:16 AM #8
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Fred, I am so glad I saw Joni found your post, she is like you not ashamed to speak her beliefs. I love to see people that are strong enough to stand up to their beliefs. Too many people are weak and not willing to take a stand.

Feb 08, 2011 03:34 AM #9
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