The picture above is the reason I know that prayer works. It is effective. It is powerful. Miracles happen when people pray.
Look closely at the two men in the above picture. One is Ned, my dad, who has lung cancer. The other is my Uncle Howard who has colon cancer. Both of these men are still, by God’s grace and through the effective prayers of His people, alive today.
If you will remember my earlier post, “The best $6.00 money could buy” was about my Uncle Howard. Even when I wrote that post, it was uncertain what his future held. I knew he had a desire to see his youngest grandson graduate from high school because during my visit with him, he told me so. He just didn’t think he would live to see it happen. Quite frankly, I don’t think anyone did.
Guess what? He did get to see his grandson graduate. Today. He was there. God gave him the desire of his heart and I’m so very thankful. This is nothing short of a miracle.
And then there’s Ned. His original diagnosis with lung cancer was 9-15 months with chemo treatments. Guess what? It’s been 15 months since chemo began. Wait. There’s more than that to the story. Chemo began in March 2016. We asked people to pray specifically that the chemo would deplete the fluid in his right lung. It did. In fact, after only 6 months of treatment, his lung was completely clear. He was given a break from chemo and for the past 7 months. Every 8 weeks has been having CT scans to monitor his lungs and the possible return of cancer.
Sadly, the most recent CT scan showed cancer in the lymph node in the mediastinum. This week he will begin a second line treatment that will consist of Keytruda, immunotherapy instead of chemotherapy. The hope and prayer are the immunotherapy will thwart the growth and/or spread of the cancer as effectively as the chemotherapy with fewer side effects.
It is not by accident that these two men are still alive today. It is because folks have been praying. It is because God is a God of miracles and He is a God of love. Also, He is a God who ordains our time and regardless of what statistics may say, God has the final say.
Every day is a miracle. It is a gift. Live in the miracle God gives you today and don’t get so caught up with tomorrow. It may never come.