Sunday, February 6, 2011

Pray and Fast for Kate on Monday, February 7

Kate Mcrae's PET scan is scheduled for Tuesday, February 8.  This brave seven-year-old has a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer that has returned despite surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation.

In her journal on CaringBridge, Kate's mom Holly has shared how hard this time is, how many decisions need to be made, and how they continue to pray for a miracle.
We have been contacting various healthcare specialists around the country researching potential options, as Kate's healthcare team does the same. If things would proceed in an undesirable direction, we will need to be making rather informed, but quick decisions. We continue to cry out for healing for our baby. It would be nothing short of miraculous for the PET scan to come back not indicating cancer. We are boldly praying for that.

Kate's father Aaron has asked for those who are willing and able to join them tomorrow in a day of prayer and fasting.  As always, this faithful couple has imbued their prayer with specifics, something that has always delighted me and been a real help when storming heaven on behalf of Kate.  I'm pretty sure God finds my efforts much improved when the Mcrae's needs keep them focussed and appropriate.  Aaron writes --
Here are a few requests for those who will partner with us:

For Healing… for Kate’s complete healing from top of her head to her toes
Psalm 107: 19 Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. 20 He sent forth his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave.

For Wisdom… for Holly and I, for the doctors, and people we consult with
Colossians 1:9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.

For Jesus to be Glorified… for Christ to be seen as POWERFUL & to be praised
John 11:4 Jesus said, ‘This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory, so that, God’s Son may be glorified through it.’
Again, I want to thank the countless people who have prayed and encouraged us for some time. We would be honored if some of you could join us in this day of seeking God in prayer and fasting. Please pass this along and ask others. If you need some guidance in fasting, I have found this site to be helpful:  Awake21 particularly the ‘Prayer, Fasting, and Personal Devotion Guide.’

I really appreciate Aaron and Holly continuing to minister in the middle of their pain and hurry -- I appreciate them telling us exactly what we can do, providing resources, providing scriptural references. I am not exactly fertile ground for much of this, but I always hope for a time when sarcasm and an ironic world view will ease. Until then, I'll just do the best I can. If you, too, are uncomfortable and inexperienced with prayer and fasting born from beliefs so fierce and necessarily literal, join me tomorrow and let's try to shed our smart-assed ways.

Being dumb before God can't be anything too new.

All we gotta do is remember Holly and Aaron, and their children Olivia, Will, and most especially, Kate.

Will, Aaron, Holly, Kate, Olivia

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