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Images: Trey - Aplastic Anemia patient and bone marrow recipient/ Luca - brother and bone marrow donor
"It hurts, Mom. Every time I pray for him it hurts." Honest, heartfelt words from my 7-year-old boy.
Recently, we had learned about the story of the young grandson of a friend of ours who was diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia and was needing a bone marrow transplant. Praise God, his brother was found to be a match and the miraculous transplant took place on Sept. 28th. A continuing uphill battle is on its way for this blessed young boy, his beautiful brother, and their family, so prayers are desperately needed!
My kids, very touched by their story, have become quite the prayer warriors for Trey and Luca, and it has warmed this mother's heart. Still, I needed to talk to my little guy about why he felt that "it hurt" to pray.
"It could have been me!" was his response. "We're about the same age. I could be sick like that. It makes me sad that he's so sick and I'm not."
I understood. Boy, did I understand. I'm not sure I could count how many times I have felt that way towards others in my life that have and continue to suffer.
Sometimes, suffering can be almost as hard to watch as it is to be going through it. But, suffering takes on a mystifying yet incredibly important role in our lives here on earth. And, we, no matter where we are on the side of suffering, have our part to play.
As crazy as it may seem to a 7-year-old (and myself, at times!), God is using suffering to save us, to purify us, to bring us Home.
Due to the Fall of Man, suffering is now a part of the Divine plan for each of us, and only I can fulfill my part of the Plan…only I.
What can I do as a watcher of suffering? Although probably obvious and I KNOW that we've all heard it a million times, we must pray. God Himself has ordained this moment of encounter with suffering; it is no fluke.
What do we pray for? Healing. Seriously. DO it. I have met so many who are afraid to pray for healing because they have done so in the past and have seen no improvement. Please believe!
We can't forget that each of us needs healing in so many ways - physically, emotionally, spiritually, etc. God will not always show us where the healing is taking place because only He knows what that soul needs for eternity. Our prayers for healing NEVER - can I repeat that? - NEVER - are for nothing.
And guess what? Whether we are allowed to witness a healing is not the point. Sure, this is an amazing bonus when it happens, but it is not what matters.
What IS important is that we have participated in God's plan, fulfilled our necessary role in this great Divine Comedy, and have done what God has asked of us. When we do that, our soul finds itself one step closer to heaven, and the sufferer we are praying for one step closer to the Healer.
"Pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man has great power in its effects." James 5:16
PS…If you would like to read more about Trey and Luca, here's a link to their Go Fund Me Page:
Also, you may note that their Go Fund Me page has exceeded their goal. The family set a low goal so as not to burden others, but with the ongoing care for the upcoming months, their expenses will greatly exceed their expressed goal. Feel free to donate to give them a hand-up…they are a beautiful Catholic family with a great love for God and is overwhelmingly grateful for all of the support shown so far.
God bless your day!!
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