Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer;
listen to my plea for grace.
In the day of my trouble I call upon you,
for you answer me.
(Psalm 86:6-7 ESV)
A little boy we know is having exploratory surgery today. He lives with a persistent condition that is as yet undiagnosed.
His parents are wonderful; I’ve known the mom since she was a girl. The boy’s grandparents are pillars of faith, grace, mercy and hospitality. What God did through them for us cannot be measured.
All of them grieve over the pain this little boy lives with.
And the thing they wanted on Monday night was prayer. And we wanted to pray with them.
It really is amazing what God does through praying with other people. The one constant in every prayer was a cry for help, recognizing weakness in ourselves and clinging to promises.
Tears flowed. The sorrow is real.
After we finished praying, we talked and laughed and simply enjoyed each other. What a gift authentic friendship is.
And that friendship is fueled by going hard after God through suffering.
Yes, it is good to experience 2 Corinthians 6:10 with other people and live with gratitude to God for all things: as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything.