Tuesday, February 10, 2009


As many of you may have read on Caring Bridge, Megan's transplant was postponed to today, Wednesday Feb. 11. So we have had an opportunity to pray that much harder for "the big day"! As the hours tick down before the procedure begins, help pave the way for this day and the coming months of recovery with prayer!

Looking back to the gospels and the book of Acts...amazement is the only word that comes to mind. Seeing how Jesus, and later, his disciples, took the time to see an individual: to see their hurt, to see their disease, to see the emotional pain, to see the spiritual void - and then he healed them of all of these things! We see that this has been His character since before the beginning of time, and He will not fail this family now, "He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds." Psalm 147:3

Pray that above all else this family will feel healing begin today, and that they will sense that it is coming from so much more than a bone marrow transplant. Pray that they will literally feel the presence of the Holy Spirit in their room, pray that an emotional healing will begin to mend whatever hurt may be in the hearts of Dave, Margaret, Megan, Lauren, Courtney and their extended family as well, pray that spiritual healing may begin - that they would come to realize that Christ crucified is their only hope!

Lord, let it be in the little things: an extra kind nurse, their favorite doctor, a visit from a friend right in the moment that they think they cannot stand it another second, sunshine through the window and warm weather when they go out to catch a breath of fresh air. And even break into the huge things...I pray that you would take her beyond her pain and that she would be aware that what she is experiencing MUST be you!

I urge you to look towards the cross in your prayer time and be encouraged, remembering what Isaiah the prophet spoke of Jesus in chapter 53:3-5, "He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hid their faces he was despised, and we did not esteem him. Surely he took our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed."

The lyrics of a song that I heard a few years ago keep coming to mind and I ask all of you to pray this over the Purcells' lives and Megan's hospital room!
Holy Spirit come, Holy Spirit dwell here. Fill this place with love overflowing, and joy
overflowing, and peace overflowing
. In all of your glory, come.

Be vigilant and continually pray...the Purcells are counting on you!

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