Thursday, September 23, 2010

A Boy




"Tears are coming out of you." I set down the phone. Jack watches my hands, stares at my face.

I crouch down, poke out bottom lip. "I'm sad," I say.

"You have tears coming out of you." I hug him, shoulders to my chest. Four years old.

My momma called. A boy we know in a far away hospital has malaria. And sickle-cell anemia. His daddy died a year ago. Malaria too. The boy, he's four.

When Craig visited the Kenyan hospital far, far away, he told me, "You go there to die."

I gather my children and we pray for four-year-old Emmanuel. We pray and pray and gather strength.

Our God is able.

My four-year old thunders through the house in cowboy boots, and I hear it echo down the hall.

God is able.

He is able.

Please heal, Emmanuel.
Amen.



12 comments:

  1. Your boy is so sweet. And all I can say to your prayer is, Amen.

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  2. Praying right along with you. Amen.

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  3. Oh, wow. Your words brought tears. Lifting Emmanuel up tonight.

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  4. Your kids say the sweetest things, Bethany. What great reflections of beautiful hearts.

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  5. tears are coming out of me now, too. i know a child in a similar situation. oh bethany--why does the world have to bleed? come, savior, come... ((and he does, through our prayers))... i love that you linked up tonight friend. i've missed you. xo

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  6. HE IS ABLE! Keep us posted. Love your tender-hearted little guy.

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  7. Wonderful post. After going to the World Vision exhibit the girls and I were able to pray for him in a special way. They remembered laying in the bed with the netting and learning how dangerous living in Africa can be. Praying for this special boy, friend.

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  8. This post makes my heart ache. Thinking of you today. . .

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