Tears in the night…

Tears in the night…

As I am shutting down tonight, I’m mindful of St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital – the cancer center in particular.

I did not grow up with a  mother and father. I was in foster care until 11 and then I was sent to the United State’s Army Military Academy, Children’s Academy – until I was 17. So – I did not grow up with parents like most families do.

As I watch commercials on television regarding the children of St. Jude’s – I’m blown away because 3 times now I’ve battled cancer and I’ve lost my dad, and a brother to cancer. It’s brutal – but it’s not just brutal – it’s terribly brutal for children. To see children suffering from cancer… Going through the chemo – and just the fact that a 4 or 5 or 10 year old is battling this??? Are you kidding??? I cannot begin to convey how that makes me feel…

If you pray for anything… Please make sure you pray for these children. If you do give away 10% of your income as a tithe – then tithe to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital – please…. Please…

I broke down bad tonight… An old man – I wasn’t feeling sorry for myself… I wasn’t hurting for anything I’ve been through – I was and I’m still – hurting for these children… These are God’s most cherished and truly cherished babies… I know they are…  While I know this – while I cannot convey why God allows this – I can only share – I KNOW these are His most cherished – and you mark my words… He cherishes these children… He sheds tears for these children (I KNOW THIS)… He cannot wait to have them in heaven with Him – and to me – I simply hurt for them.

Pray for these – God’s most cherished – the children that demonstrate greater strength than most men even at war… Pray for their peace…. Pray their pain is minimal… Pray they get to go home to our Father in heaven – soon. Pray for their parents – those are parents that will hurt so bad, so deep – that nothing can sooth their pain. Please pray for them even over the children – because those parents are going to need the strength to let go…  Worse yet, those parents are losing the most dear / tender aspects of their lives ever known.. They’re going to hurt so badly – that only God can provide them some peace… some soothing of their pain.. Please do pray for the parents….

If you commit to pledging / tithing money each paycheck or week or month – or however you can and do – commit – please keep this commitment – because it is more important to God that you keep your commitment – than to simply not commit and do nothing. Simply – do not commit and fail to meet that commitment.

Tonight – this Evening Cup runneth over with tears of pain for these, God’s greatest gifts, and our most precious gems in life – our children…

My wife and I have 10 children and 10 grandchildren – and yes, we love them so much – they are our lives…. Nothing is more precious than these – are gems… Well, God has billions of gems to care for…. I cannot fathom how He does…. But I do know how it feels when they’re in peril and need His grace and blessings to help them. As you pray…. Be mindful of these – His most precious – the children of not only St. Jude’s but all of the children that are hurting… All of the children that are dying… all of the children that cry, going to bed hungry at night and asking – please – please – just give us ‘something’ to take away the hunger pains – the physical pains – the emotional pains… Pray for these children – and all children – that just ask – please – help me…

God have mercy… forgive me for not being the man I should be…. Give me a heart of deeper desire to help… Make straight the path I must take to help, and in your mercy, guide me to see and follow that path – to help these – your most precious children…

 

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