In 2005 Brady had his first surgery, to remove a tumor encapsulating a baby tooth that hadn’t come in. We were expecting a long surgery of many hours to remove the tumor and place a metal plate or bone graft, and a 2-3 night stay in the hospital. The wonderful women in my Bible study put together a care package for Joe and me and one of my friends brought it to the hospital while we were in the waiting room. In addition to the snacks, magazines and drinks, one of my Bible study sisters had written out a prayer. Her daily devotional had Isaiah 43 that day, and she had inserted Brady’s name. It was so powerful and such a comfort that I have prayed Isaiah 43 and inserted the names of many, many people over the last 10 years.
Isaiah 43 is the Old Testament reading appointed for today, and while we didn’t teach on this in Christ Church Kids worship, I wanted to share it with you. I hope that it blesses you and gives you comfort to insert the names of the people for whom you are praying.
Director of Ministry to Children, Youth and Families
1 But now, this is what the Lord says--
he who created you, Jacob,
he who formed you, Israel:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you, Luke;
I have summoned you by name, Luke; you are mine.
2 When you pass through the waters, Luke,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers, Luke,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire, Luke,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
3 For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
I give Egypt for your ransom, Luke,
Cush and Seba in your stead.
4 Since you are precious and honored in my sight,
and because I love you, Luke,
I will give people in exchange for you,
nations in exchange for your life.
5 Do not be afraid, Luke, for I am with you;
I will bring your children from the east
and gather you from the west.
6 I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’
and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’
Bring my sons from afar
and my daughters from the ends of the earth--
7 everyone who is called by my name,
whom I created for my glory,
whom I formed and made.”