“Hey Warren…wanted to text you…Just talked to doctors…test indicate positive for rhabdomyosarcoma…Finn’s cancer is back.”
Come on God! We prayed for the Schafrans. Finn was in recovery. He was getting better. Life was getting back to normal. He was gaining weight. But now it’s back. It’s not a cyst; it’s not scar tissue; it’s not a smudge on the screen. It’s cancer in little Finn’s body. Oh God! Please do something.
We too need to do something. Unashamedly and boldly I am asking you to join with Brenda and me to pray for the Schafran Family. I know we prayed earlier. I know his cancer is back. I know it’s overwhelming. But I also know Dan and BrandiLee need to believe they are not alone. I know they need to know God loves them. I know they need to understand that the most important thing they can do right now is to love on Finn, Gavin, and Everett. I know they believe in the incredible power of a God who loves them and listens to the prayers of people like you and me. They need our prayers.
If you are struggling with what or how to pray because you feel so overwhelmed let me give you a five word prayer a daddy prayed in the Gospel of Mark when he too struggled to believe his son could be healed. He prayed, “I believe; help my unbelief.” This of course has been Dan and BrandiLee’s prayer. Yesterday they wrote on their blog the following:
This is obviously not the outcome we have been praying for and we are more than sick over this news. In as much as the entire Christian life can be summed up in the verse “I believe; help my unbelief,” (Mark 9:24) we feel this dichotomy in an acute way right now. As Job in faith clung to what he knew to be true and cried out to God about that which he did not understand, we too cry out to God in our anguish; but at the same time we cling to what we know to be true and strive to submit ourselves to the sovereignty of God, taking comfort in the grace he continues to offer us and Finn during this time of trial.
So let’s pray for them. I know it is sometimes hard to know what to pray so here is a suggestion:
Dear God, I believe, but help me in my unbelief. I am asking you to be so close to Dan and BrandiLee and Gavin and Everett and Finn that they know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you are there and love them. In the midst of the fear and confusion and despair and shock, overwhelm them with your peace. Please give Dan and BrandiLee endurance and strength and an extra measure of grace as we know they are overwhelmed. We boldly ask that you would bring health and healing to Finn’s body. Destroy the cancer. Use the hands of doctors, specialists, medication, and the incredible power of your loving touch to bring healing. We thank you for the incredible privilege to pray for our dear friends. In Jesus name, Amen
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