Sow & Gather

Spiritual Lifeline in Hard Times

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Marianne Highley, a guest contributor for Sow & Gather,  is a mom to two kids and has a blog to share her family's journey through pediatric cancer.  She shares updates on her son and encouragements the Lord has given her on her walk with Him through some hard times.  She and her family live in Colorado.  Check out her blog at:

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. Romans 8:26 (ESV)

“I’m sorry, but your son has cancer.”  I sat there completely shell-shocked and held it together until the doctor left the room and then just started shaking and clinging to my husband.  The only words I could get out were, “God no, please, no, please, not my son.”  How do you handle the news that your four year-old has cancer?     

You try to pray, you try to trust that God will heal, but the problem is that you know that God’s healing doesn’t always come in the way and in the time that you want it to. Back in 2010, my father died of cancer.  I prayed and pressed into God during my Dad’s eight year battle. When I didn’t know how to pray for my Dad, the Spirit helped me. God healed my Dad by bringing him home where there is no pain or suffering.  I take comfort in that, but I miss him terribly. 

As I walked through the cancer battle with my son, there were long, dark days when all I could do was weep.  I know the Holy Spirit was interceding for me because there were moments of peace that had nothing to do with my situation.  Sitting next to my son in ICU with the doctors all studying their feet saying, “Well, maybe we could try this,” leaves you in a place where God is your only source of comfort and hope.  You sometimes need prayer just to get through the next 5 minutes.   

After 5 cycles of chemo and 3 months in the hospital with just a few days home in between cycles, my son is healed.  His cancer is in remission and life is getting back to its normal chaotic rhythm.  God’s healing took the form that we most desired-- a whole, healthy, happy child.  But when it does not, do we still call Him good? 

Press into the Holy Spirit when healing doesn’t come and you don’t know how to pray. 

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Lamentations 3:22-23

Action Item |

Look at the areas of your life where you need healing and don’t feel like it is coming.  Pray for wisdom to wait on God’s timing and for comfort when the healing doesn’t look like you want it to. 

Prayer |

Heavenly Father, help us to seek You first in times of difficulties and to trust that You will answer our deepest need in the way that will bring You the greatest glory.  Forgive us when we doubt Your goodness in times of struggle, and give us the strength we need for each moment of our day.  Amen

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