June 2017 Newsletter
Come, pray with me to Emmaus:
On April 24th at 6:00 am we got the
phone call all parents dread. Our son had been in a terrible
auto accident and they needed us at the hospital. (Our walk
to Emmaus begins)
On the way to the hospital, I begin to pray and
bargain with God. Let him be aright and I will do ….. (sound
familiar? Potholes in the road to Emmaus)
When I arrive, the situation is bad but he and
the other person in the car are alive. The car is dead. But.. oh
well. (prayers of thanksgiving) The doctors level with me
regarding his condition, adding that his age is going to be a
help with recovery. (prayers for strength and understanding)
While in the ICU waiting room, my colleagues
arrive to offer comfort, support and prayer. (prayers of
The word spreads to family, friends,
congregations and the prayer chains begin. The prayers involve
six states. I truly believe Avery had hundreds of prayers rising
to God’s ears within a few hours. (now I can let go and let
God while I walk with Him to Emmaus)
The young lady driving his car is fine. (prayers
of thanks) She calls frequently wanting to see Avery. I
support her as much as I can. But there are times, my anger
rises up quickly like a rocket ship going to outer space. (prayers
for kindness and understanding) I know this is part of the
grieving process – yes, we are grieving – and I must be patient
and work through it. Not using this young girl for my anger
release. (Prayers to freeze my tongue and to keep love in my
heart now God! Oh and patience please)
Everyday there is improvement and renewed hope
for his total recovery. Not that every day is easy, because it
most certainly isn’t. There is so much that is unanswered and
unknown. And I am so patient that I want answers RIGHT NOW,
please. (continued prayers for patience) So many ups and
downs. (prayers for strength and wisdom) But I am
convinced Avery is surrounded with God’s love and protection.
Our family is so blessed to have so many friends that believe in
prayer and in the Grace of our Lord and Savior. (prayers of
thanksgiving and Sonshine on the road to Emmaus)
I love my Lord as much as I am able. And I am
thankful that He understands that there are times when we cannot
pray. Those times when our fear is so great words won’t come, He
sends prayer warriors to pray for you.
When the world is falling down all around you,
His hands protect you.
When you are tired of being strong and feel like
you want to hide, He carries you.
When you feel all alone and vulnerable, He sends
friends to be with you.
When you’re tired of fighting for each and every
step, He makes you aware of the prayers rising to Him for you.
When your faith is weak, He shows you answered
When you want to quit, He shows you Himself in
some of the most wonderfully simple things: a child’s love, wild
animals in the yard, beautiful things in nature that make you
want to continue.
The road to Emmaus is filled with ruts, rocks,
and thunderstorms until …. Jesus breaks the bread with us and
opens our hearts and minds and mostly our eyes to see His
wonderful, grace filled wonders called life in relationship with
our Lord and Savior – Triune God – Father Almighty – Jesus
Christ. I have all hope that our continued walk to Emmaus will
be filled with Christ’s love. Every confidence that He will walk
this road with us. And whatever we find when we arrive in
Emmaus, I know we will be able to give thanks and praise to our
Lord and Savior. Thank you for being with us on this journey.
Know that our prayers include all of you.
Heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you for
your continued prayers and support,