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Never Met Her But I Love Her

As I prepare for Sarah's surgery I find myself going down memory lane. Wow, how God uses our stuff. He turns "our mess into a message, a test into a testimony, a trial into a triumph and a victim into a victory"! I am reminded of God's most recent opportunity for me to use my test into a testimony.

A relative asked me if I would reach out to an in-law of hers who had just been diagnosed with cancer. To date I have never met this person. I said sure and before I texted her she had texted me. I had no idea if this person was a believer. Before long, she would text me prior to her treatments and ask for prayer. I would call her and pray over the phone. 1 Timothy 2: 1, "I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people..." Because I had prayed specifically during mine, I knew some things to pray for. We pray that while the chemo gets every bad cell that God would protect her heart, lungs and organs. We always look for the blessings and thank God for how He is using this time in her life and her family's life.

You may think that is easy for me but it is not. It is obedience. I am embarrassed because I cry so easy. I remember that treatment and it is the only part that still makes me cry. I don't want anyone to go through that. I finally told her I could text the prayer to her if she wanted. I told her I try so hard not to cry but as soon as I say, "Father God..." the tears come. Maybe I feel that is a point of total surrender which comes with release. Now we laugh because we know we are both going to cry and that is o.k. Psalm 46: 1, "God is our refuge and strength,

an ever-present help in trouble."

When she saw I was having surgery she sent me the sweetest message. At the end of the text it said, "Praying for you today. I love you friend." And even though we have never met, I love her too. God brought us together for a time such as this. So to my friend, "I thank my God every time I remember you." Philippians 1:3

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