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June 2017


Come, pray with me to Emmaus:


On April 24 at 6:00 a.m., 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 alright 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 thanksgiving)


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 lead, 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 that 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)


Every day 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 that 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 that 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 prayers.

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,






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