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!!!