Praise Through Trials
Over the past year, I have been fervently praying for Gideon Purchase. Gideon is the 2-year-old son of a former “youth group kid” Katie and her husband Gary (an adopted “youth group kid.) Gideon was diagnosed with Stage Four Neuroblastoma just over a year ago. Gideon’s (and his family’s) reality for the past 12 months has involved St. Jude Hospital in Memphis and the wonderful medical team tending to his care there. Gideon is responding well to treatment, and as of this writing, the family is back home in East Tennessee for the Holidays. The fight is far from over, but at least they have a respite for the time being.
This past weekend, another Katie in my life gave birth prematurely (only 23 1/2 weeks along). Little Charlee is doing okay as of this writing, but there is a SERIOUS battle ahead as she fights to properly develop outside the womb. I cannot imagine what Katie and Chris and the family are going through right now. I do know that like Katie and Gary, Katie and Chris love Jesus with everything they are. THAT makes a huge difference.
As I have been begging God on behalf of these Katies and their babies, this passage of Scripture came up in my One Year Bible reading:
1 Peter 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
I see this passage being lived out by Gary and Katie Purchase, and by Chris and Katie Stephenson. Please join me in lifting them and their families up in prayer:
Gary, Katie, and Gideon Purchase.
Chris, Katie, Cora (2 years old), and Charlee Stephenson
Please remember the grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and all the family of both Katies. Please know that no matter what we are going through, God is with us every step of the way. I praise God for that comforting thought.
I praise God that the Katies and their families live out these words daily. I beg God to give them peace and comfort that can ONLY come from Him. May He be glorified in all of this.