jack and job

UPDATE on Dalonne (12:47pm): Break my heart. (Click here.)

Pleading with God tonight to heal Dalonne’s sick little baby boy, Job. My heart aches for a mama who lives in a place where death and sickness and hopelessness have a powerful grip, a mama who is really, truly desperate. Will her baby survive? And if he does, how will she take care of him?

Father, hold Dalonne close tonight. Hold that precious little baby in your hands. Breathe life and nourishment into his little body. Please heal him and make him whole, and give his mama the strength and courage to care for him. Provide for their every need. Draw them close to you.

Sigh.

This is Jack. Stewart Jack, Jr., for long. World’s Most Adorable Baby and my nephew. So round and squishy and squeezable and beautiful.

Goodness, I’m so thankful that he was born to a mama and daddy who have the means to provide whatever he needs. If he ever gets sick, they’ll make sure he immediately gets the absolutely best care and treatment to make him all better as quickly as possible.

Thank you, Jesus.

Part of me wants to feel guilty that we have so much when others have so little. That we are so safe while others are in such danger. That our lives are mostly peaceful and happy while others live each day in hunger and pain.

But I’m choosing to be grateful, not guilty. And I’m going to do whatever I can to make life better for those who are hurting around the world. To share hope and reconciliation and Jesus. And myself.

And I can start by praying for Dalonne and little Job. And Enisse and Sophia. And Tara and Beth and Heather and Jonna and Cookie and everyone who spends their lives caring for Jesus’ precious children in Haiti.

Thanks for joining me in prayer, friends. And for your sweet, bleeding hearts. One of my all-time favorite song lyric sums up my heart’s prayer–“Break my heart for what breaks yours… everything I am for your kingdom’s cause… as I walk from earth into eternity.”

Amen and amen.

4 thoughts on “jack and job

  1. Rachelle

    This was the Psalm in my devotion this morning(below) and I thought how fitting. In this Psalm the Lord brings back those taken captive, they rejoice and the Lord is given the credit for the great things He has done for them!Our best witness is the greatfulness we express to God for all that He has done! Great post, Marla and sweet baby!

    Psalm 126
    Thanksgiving for Return from Captivity.
    A Song of Ascents.

    1When the LORD brought back the captive ones of Zion,
    We were like those who dream.
    2Then our mouth was filled with laughter
    And our tongue with joyful shouting;
    Then they said among the nations,
    “The LORD has done great things for them.”
    3The LORD has done great things for us;
    We are glad.
    4Restore our captivity, O LORD,
    As the streams in the South.
    5Those who sow in tears shall reap with joyful shouting.
    6He who goes to and fro weeping, carrying his bag of seed,
    Shall indeed come again with a shout of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.

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