Monday, October 6, 2008

Go! Fight! Win!

There is a brave young girl that I know named Makenzie. She is eight years old and has some "Cancer germs" making her sick. She had some surgery on her brain to have the "cancer germs" removed, and will soon start chemo and radiation.

I have been awed from a distance to watch the process unfold - via their "Care Pages" blog. Makenzie's strength and determination as she works to regain some of the skills she once took for granted - walking, talking, seeing, and being her self - are amazing! Her twin sister, Madison, adds her "Super Sister" updates, as do her parents.

I read a plaque long ago that said: VOCATUS ATQUE NON VOCATUS DEUS ADERIT. It's latin and means: "Bidden or unbidden, God is present". In this situation, God is definitely "bidden" - called forth. And He is definitely present.

I have witnessed the support that this family has received - from neighbors, friends, members of their church, and perfect strangers. In each update, I can sense their appreciation and gratitude for the love and support that has overwhelmed them in this difficult time. I read of their faith that God truly is with them. And, I have witnessed them being surrounded in prayer!

As it has been true for me, I see it now true for them - and very, very fresh. I remember being there - crying out - calling God forth - and being overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support.

I also remember the times, before I trusted that God was present and working in my life, I did not call out as I walked through some dark times. But, fortunately, "Bidden or unbidden", He is always there. I see that now, and am ever grateful!

For you, Makenzie, for Madison and your brother Justin, for your mom and for your dad, I add my prayers to the "prayer globe". May you know God, may you feel God, and may God heal you completely!

Remember.... Bidden or unbidden, God is present.

And as part of the team cheering you on, I whole-heartedly cry out:


(Many thanks to your school website for this beautiful picture of you and Madison! The one I have of you two is VERY old... this one is MUCH better!)

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