“Miracles happen. But prayer is needed! Prayer that is courageous, struggling and persevering, not prayer that is a mere formality.” Pope Francis
Never underestimate the power of prayer
Earlier this year, I discovered quite by accident, that I had a large tumor in my abdomen that extended down into my left thigh. I underwent several tests but was told they could not fully determine if it was cancer until they removed it and biopsied it. I am sure many of you have experienced similar circumstances either with yourself or a loved one. It can be a bit scary. I have a strong network of friends and family members around me-I am lucky that way. I knew from cards sent that people were keeping me in their prayers. I have always had difficulty praying for myself so I appreciated this.
One day I opened a package that came in the mail and it contained a beautiful crocheted shawl. I couldn’t imagine-then I saw the card that said it was a prayer shawl. It was crocheted by hand and the group prays for the person’s health while they crochet it. I had never heard of such a thing! That first night as I sat and watched TV, I wrapped the shawl around my shoulders and immediately felt a sense of comfort and peace.
My mom is the one who prays for me-that may be why I don’t need to! She said many a novena that my surgery would be successful and the tumor would not be cancerous.
My National Board also said a novena for me and it just so happened that the day of my surgery, July 26th, the Cleveland chapter was holding their Day of Recollection. I had planned on attending but life got in the way! I was told by many that attended that they prayed for me.
The doctor had told me it would be an extensive surgery. He also told me I would be in the hospital a few days. Well that is not what happened. My surgery ended up to be less than an hour. He came to my room that night and asked if I wanted to go home the next day, which I did. My tumor was nothing more than a lipoma, quite large, but basically nothing to worry about at all. And I experienced very few complications after its removal. The reason it went so well? I truly believe it was all the prayers sent my way!
As Christ Child members, we know about the power of prayer from the example set by Mary Virginia Merrick. We are often called upon to keep other Christ Child members in our prayers as they face different adversities. I ask all of you to keep the families and children affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in your prayers. The prayers HELP-I know that for sure!
As September 29th approaches and our Annual Meeting begins, if you cannot attend, please keep all the members attending this year’s conference in your prayers, that we can open our hearts and our minds to share ideas and learn from one another, forging an even stronger National organization.
I continue to use my prayer shawl. I couldn’t put it away after the surgery. When I see it, I am reminded of the power of prayer.
“Give me thy grace, Master, to make possible that which is impossible without thy aid.”
Mary Virginia Merrick