**Updated to add...Monkey is being admitted to the Children's Hospital as I type this. Please remember him in your prayers. And his mommy, too.**
"...pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord. Lift up your hands to him for the lives of your children..."
The verse and song I've chosen for today's Prayer Meetin' are very special to me. I was driving home from our local Children's Hospital on a very dark, cold night in March 2001 when this beautiful song came on my car radio. I cried all the way home. I sat in the driveway and balled until I couldn't breathe. I prayed through my tears and begged God for help. At that time our precious little Pip Squeak had been in the hospital for several days and the doctors weren't sure what was wrong with him yet. He had lost the ability to sit, could barely speak and was receiving oxygen to help him breathe. He had been completely dehydrated when he was admitted and had been put through blood work, CT scans and a spinal tap. And he wasn't getting better...he was getting worse. I was terrified like I had never been before. Something about the song, though, helped me to just give it all over to God. As I sat in my car, bawling my eyes out, I pictured myself laying my three year old son at God's feet and letting Him take control. Because God loves my children more than I can ever imagine loving them!
I know my sister is familiar with that feeling of helplessness a mom has when her baby is desperately ill and it's out of her hands. When Monkey in the Middle was two, he had Kawasaki Syndrome and we almost lost him. Of course, he turned the corner, got better and grew into a healthy five year old with a killer grin. I asked for prayer for him on Monday because the Monkey has an infected lymph node. Well, the lymph node is a tiny bit better, but he may have pneumonia now. He's just miserable and running a fever and coughing and feels rotten and he's pitiful in the way only five year old boys can be.
So...I'm pouring out my heart before the Lord for my nephew and asking you to do the same.
If you have any prayer requests, please leave them in the comments and my readers (all 6 of them) and I will pray with you, too!