Mercy and Peace

Mercy and Peace. 

Two words that cross my lips countless times a day.  Those are the 2 things I pray for on a continual basis these days.  As I pray for Justin, Matthew and Brandon I utter those words with such conviction that I sometimes feel as if my heart will explode. Three children who are coming to the end of their battle with this horrible monster called cancer.  Three sets of parents who are living the worst imaginable hell possible.  Three families who will never, ever be the same.

I pray for mercy on the children and I pray for peace for the parents and families. 

Mercy--something that gives evidence of divine favor
Peace-untroubled, tranquil, content

Can a family living this nightmare even come close to feeling these things?  I truely believe the answer is yes, but only by the absolute grace of God. 

Today I am adding two more children to my prayer list.  I hope you will do the same.

--7 year old Eli Williams, from Athen, Ga, is at LeBonheur this morning having surgery to remove as many tumors as possilbe from his brain and spine.  Some of the tumors they know are inoperable.  I was told that the family also has 3 other children at home that they are leaving behind. 

--A mother who's 7 year old was diagnosed with a brain tumor contacted me today.  How humbled I felt as I shared any piece of advice I could with her.  My heart broke for her as I know what road she is traveling down. 

Cancer is an evil monster.  I will never, ever understand it.   I will never, ever accept it.

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  1. This just totally breaks my heart and undoes me. Yes, I will be praying for these families that have touched your heart.

    Praying and praying,

  2. Pat Williams, a grandmother in TuscaloosaJanuary 5, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    I am still praying diligently for Lucy daily as I think of her and her fight. My heart breaks for you and your family. I totally agree with you that cancer is a monster that is so evil. Our God is a merciful, loving God. I pray for his strength to envelop Lucy and brings her through this terrible time. I have even prayed many times to take her pain and carry it so she could have a break and a good day. I will continue to pray for her specific needs and the other children as well.

  3. OOhhh Kate....Sending you friendship, support & love. I so wish there was something...ANYTHING I can do to make things even just a little bit better. Sending my love to Lucy as well. It hurt to see her looking so pale & hurting in the hospital. I wish I was there so comfort her while giving you even just a little break.

    I think of & pray for yourself, your family and of course, your Lucy every single day!!! Please give Lucy a hug from me.


  4. Kate, we are praying at school for Lucy every morning and even at the end of our blessing. We send you all love. Give Lucy a BIG HUG from me and tell her I will come see her and we will do an art project when she feels like it.

    Ms. Beverly

  5. Just started following you from Lyndsey's blog Running Down a Dream. My heart is breaking for you as I read your blog. I can't imagine the strength you must have as a mom to watch your child walk through cancer and the treatments that go hand in hand with that. My prayers are with you from this day on! Isn't it nice to know we have a God who hears our every cry for mercy and peace?!