March 30, 2011

Prayer Watch for Surgery

We know that there are hundreds or thousands of people praying daily for Clara Mae right now.  As we have said over and over again, we have really been moved by the way that people have mobilized on her behalf and united together to bombard God with prayers for our little girl.   It has been a powerful witness of how God's family here on earth can join together in praise, worship and supplication.  We are both honored and humbled to find ourselves at the center of such an amazing movement.  I would never have imagined that my baby daughter could have already done so much with her life.  What a blessing.

Tomorrow we face surgery.  This is a very big step along the way to recovery for Clara.  While the surgery will not fix her immediate problem, it must be done in order for her to start healing.  It is a difficult and complex surgery with potential complications.  After surgery, there will be a particularly tenuous time for Clara as she hopefully recovers and begins to show some improvement.

On the day of her birth, some friends from our church organized a 24 hour time of intercessory prayer on her behalf.  There were over 100 people who signed up to be a part of focused, intentional prayer for Clara.  Thanks to those prayers, she made a successful entrance into this world and those first 24 hours were her best 24 hours.  It's no coincidence.  So, we've decided to set up a similar prayer watch for the 24 hours surrounding her surgery.  Beginning at midnight on Thursday, March 31 and ending at midnight on April 1, we have thirty minute time slots where people can commit to praying for her.  It doesn't matter where you are in the country or world, just that you would stop whatever else you're doing and pray for her during that time.  Surgery will hopefully take place about 8AM and last around three hours, but the hours before and after her actual surgery are just as critical.  So, let's join together again and flood heaven with love and prayer for Clara.

We will obviously be in prayer that day too.  There are some scriptures that we've found especially powerful and touching during this time.  I'd like to compile a list of scripture to have with us while we're waiting and praying at the hospital.  Please share with us (in the comments here below or in an email if you'd prefer) scriptures that you think are applicable and encouraging with regard to Clara and her situation.  We believe in God's Holy Word and the promises within it.  We will be focusing our minds and hearts on that tomorrow. 

A small note - the website where you can sign up is doing maintenance today from 1:00PM-4:00PM EST.  You may not be able to sign up during that time.  Please be patient and visit again later, if necessary.  Sorry for that inconvience.

Thanks again for the love that you have shown us.  It is sacred.

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  1. 2 Corinthians 12:8-10 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said unto me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weakness, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weakness, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

    Psalm 112 6-8 Surely the righteous will never be shaken; they will be remembered forever. They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord. Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear; in the end they will look in triumph on their foes.

    I love y'all and will be praying for all three of you. Clara is always on my heart.

    Amy Cherry

  2. I've thought a lot about these two verses as we've been praying for you guys. These verses were my support when I was sick in high school with Hodgkin's lymphoma. I hope they bring you comfort as well! Love you guys...

    Ps. 46 (esp. verse 10)
    Phil. 4:6-7

    And a verse I remember when I think about my chemo nurses, doctors, family and friends:
    Matt. 25:35-40

  3. Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope."

    I have been praying that our Lord would wrap his arms around Clara. I will continue to pray:)

  4. Romans 8:26 was a comfort to me when I sat beside my baby's hospital bed. I especially love this version from The Message:

    Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God's spirit is right along side helping us along. If we don't know how or what to pray, it doesn't matter. He does our praying for and in us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves,knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That's why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.

    I'll be praying for you during your time of waiting.

  5. Zephaniah 3:17 "The Lord your God is with you. He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you. He will quiet you with His love. He will rejoice over you with singing." Many of my friends and I are dlilgently praying for you all.

  6. The same God that made the mountains and the oceans is the God that we ask to heal Clara tomorrow. I pray you are take comfort in the strength and love that only he can provide - and is sending in droves through his people.

    Isaiah 40:8 Do you not know?
    Have you not heard?
    The LORD is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
    He will not grow tired or weary,
    and his understanding no one can fathom.
    29 He gives strength to the weary
    and increases the power of the weak.
    30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
    31 but those who hope in the LORD
    will renew their strength.
    They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.

    My fighter Finley sends her love and fighting spirit to Clara....

    Liz Dooley
    Portland, Oregon
    mama to L-CDH Survivor Finley (8/12/10)

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  8. psalm 91 is a great prayer of protection for clara..

  9. Chrissy, I don't know if you'll remember me from high school days, but I wanted you to know that I have been praying for Clara since last week when I saw a prayer request Margaret Wages posted on facebook. I am praying for you and your husband, for the doctors giving Clara their care, and most of all, for God's healing grace and strength to surround your daughter during and after her surgery. You and she are in my thoughts.

    Sarah Jenkins
    Astoria, NY

  10. There is a voice, a still, small voice, of love,
    Heard from above ..... and peace, sweet peace
    Breathes in each gentle word. God goes with baby Clara and her sweet family through the struggles in the days ahead. He will not let you face these days alone. Put your faith in HIM .... reach out and take his hand.


  11. ~You sent your word and healed my diseases~
    Psalm 107:20

    You are the God that Healeth Me...

    Love and prayers to you all...butterfly kisses for Clara.
    De Ewing

  12. If you can, take a listen to

    Healing Is In Your Hands (Christy Nockels)

    Our praise team led the congregation in this one last Sunday and Clara was in my thoughts and prayers with every word.

    Lynne Frazier - Leesburg, FL

  13. Micah 7:7

    "But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me."

    God will hear our prayers, and we will watch in hope for His work to be done in Clara.

    Janice K

  14. I just wanted to leave a comment to let you know that even though I don't post on blogs a lot, I am keeping up and praying for you daily - as is everyone at CHERUBS. Anything we can do, we're here!

  15. Know that some people in Minnesota are thinking of the Hardy Family. It is obvious Clara is strong like her parents. Keep the faith and God Bless.


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