Please pray for our son, Jonathan. He I were on a very quick overnight trip to visit my dad (Jonathan’s grandpa) and other family members in Michigan. This morning our trip was stopped short by a virus Jonathan came down with. He saw a doctor in Midland who told him to take it seriously, and get follow-up treatment back home in Ohio, since there could be complications.
There’s nothing going on that Jonathan would mind telling you about, but as the dad of a 25-year-old I’m trying to transition to letting him tell his own story, at least on a public space like a web page. I don’t need to say anything more about him here; it’s not my place now — except to say I’m very proud of him and grateful to be his dad.
There are times when I wonder whether the repeated pressures our family keeps experiencing are normal. I doubt there’s any real answer to that question; I don’t think there is such a thing as normal. We all face what God wants to allow us to face.
Frankly, though, we get weary sometimes. On Friday — Sara’s birthday — we had three minor family emergencies, less than what Jonathan is going through now, but still quite unusual and disruptive, each one of them. These were the sort things that weren’t under our control, for example, a 13-hour power outage due to an accident up the street.
We don’t know how the people in that accident are doing. Undoubtedly it was more than just a disruption in their lives. There’s a whole world of hurting people, with or (for too many!) without Christ in their lives. Yet we have to process what God is doing in our lives anyway. We know this for sure:
- There is spiritual battle in the world, and when we take strides for Christ, we may be hit with counterattacks.
- We do not appreciate it one bit when our kids are the targets.
- God is still good, though, and nothing can separate us from His love or His care (Romans 8:31-39).
- Prayer is crucial, as Paul said at the end of his “armor of God” teaching about spiritual battle.
Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak. (Ephesians 6:18-21)
We’re seeking boldly to declare the goodness of God in Jesus Christ through this blog, through The Stream, and especially through personal ministry with apologetics leaders nationally and locally, and through people we meet day by day at church and in the community.
So please pray that God would give us words and strength to continue speaking boldly in His name. And if you’re experienced in spiritual warfare praying, please join in fighting those battles on our behalf, too. Thank you.