As you all know, Papa is the original man in my life. I lived with him or next door to him for half of my life, and being near him now that he’s getting older and more sick is one of the many benefits of living back in Houston.
For almost two weeks now, Papa has been in the hospital for complications related to his kidney failure and advanced lung disease – which is how we learned that he also has severe heart disease. In fact, his heart is currently operating at a mere 15% of its capacity – which is clearly not good, particularly when combined with the other issues he’s dealing with.
There have been a lot of ups and downs in the past two weeks – an emotional roller coaster, to put it lightly. However, we’ve been praying with all of our might for God to work a miracle – to heal his sickness, to restore his spirit and to give the doctors and nurses wisdom. And we know we serve an awesome God!
Tomorrow, Papa will undergo a surgical procedure wherein a stint will be inserted into his left aortic valve, which is intended to help clear up the blockage and help the blood flow through his heart. This is normally a very routine procedure, with about a 99.9% survival rate; however, because of his advanced illnesses and other complicating conditions, his odds are much less. However, God doesn’t care about all of that – He is capable of doing exceedingly and abundantly more than we can imagine! I am claiming that Scripture (Ephesians 3:20), and I hope you will join me!
We’re asking for your prayers. We know that when two or more gather together, God is with them (Matthew 18:20) – and we need God with us every day, but especially tomorrow! Here are a few verses I’ll be meditating and praying over – and please feel free to leave more in the comments (or text them to me!)
Psalm 103:2- Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits; Who pardons all your iniquities; Who heals all your diseases; Who redeems your life from the pit; Who crowns you with loving kindness and compassion; Who satisfies your years with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.
Philippians 4:6-7 – Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
James 5:14-15 – Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him.
John 14:1 – “Let not your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me.”
Psalm 23:4 – Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me.
Exodus 23:25 – You shall serve the Lord your God, and he will bless your bread and your water, and I will take sickness away from among you.
Isaiah 19:22 – “They will turn to the Lord, and He will respond to their pleas and heal them.“
Isaiah 26:3 – “You, Lord, give perfect peace even in turmoil to those who keep their purpose firm and put their trust in you.”