Monday, June 8, 2009

Prayer Request

My dear blog friends,

This past Friday a friend of ours lost her husband unexpectantly. After a week long camping trip with the family over the memorial holiday, her husband developed flu-like symptoms. After several days of that his blood pressure dropped and she talked him into going into the ER. Within a matter of days his kidney's shut down and with the development of pneumonia he ended up on the ventilator in the ICU in septic shock. He responded enough to dialysis to give the family a false hope for recovery but then to lose it when he left this world Friday morning at 0920, six days after becoming ill.

He was only 44 years old. He leaves a wife and four young children under the age of 10. He was a successful man and very active in our community. He had such a vibrant personality and a servants heart. He had planned to watch his children grow up and one day walk his daughter down the isle. He was taken so quickly.

They think he may have lost his life to Legionaries disease. All other infective diseases have tested negative. I went to his visitation tonight to see the swollen shell of a grayish brown body this disease left behind. The illness was so incredibly rough on him in those final days. Though as a nurse it medically all makes sense to me, as a wife and mother none of it makes sense to me except...

He knew Jesus. His family knows Jesus. And though he is now resting securely in His Saviors arms, his family is hurting. There is so much pain.

I know in this weekend there have been more "I love you's" spoken, more tears, more thoughts about how short life can be. No one wants to address this question but we all have been forced to ask ourselves if we are ready to die? Christie wasn't ready to lose her husband. Her kids were not ready to lose their dad and they are all angered and emotionally upset. I would much rather be holding my husband tonight instead of working...life is too short.

So, will you take time this week to pray for my friend Christie and her four children? I cannot even imagine walking in their shoes right now...

Thank you.

His Maidservant~Pamela

11 comments:

grey like snuffie said...

So thankful they walk with God...like you I can't even imagine.

LisaShaw said...

Pam,

I just received your comment to come and pray for your friend. I apologize for not responding sooner. I'm no longer online on the weekends as my blogs have a summer blogging schedule on them.

I am deeply sorry and saddened for Christie and her precious children. As a wife of a 44 year old hubby, two daughters and 2 precious little granddaughters; I would NOT want to lose any of them especially not now.

My heart wept as I read your words. I wish I could put my arms around Christie along with you and so many others I'm sure.

Please pass my love and prayers to her if you feel it appropriate. I am praying for the LOVE, GRACE, MERCY, PEACE, EMOTIONAL HEALING, STRENGTH AND INCREASE OF FAITH for her and her precious children. May GOD's Arms of Comfort wrap around them and their precious hearts during this time and always.

If there is anything that I can do Pam please let me know. You can always email me. At times I'm not on the blogs but due to Ministry I do read my Email prayer requests.

I pray the blessings and peace of the LORD upon you and your husband and family also.

I continue to weep for them while I also rejoice in know that precious man is with the LORD and NO LONGER suffering.

I love you.

Yolanda said...

Pam,

Christie and their children will need an outpouring of love and attention in the days to come. I will be praying for them as well as their friends & family to be able to have some extra time set aside to love on them.

Like you, I'm thankful that they are followers and believers in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Lovingly,
Yolanda

LynnSC said...

Pamela,
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I have missed you.

Also... thanks so much for the opportunity to lift this family to the Lord. I am with you... can not imagine what they are going through. God is so ABLE to carry them during this time. What a relief when I read that they do walk with the Lord. Thanks for being such a great friend to them and passing along their need.

Blessings,
Lynn

Jill said...

I'm praying for Christie and her family - I too can't imagine. So thankful he knew the Lord, I pray that will give the family peace. The walk will be difficult, but God is there. I'm praying for you as well.

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Yes, I will pray for the family. Death knocks loudly at the door of our hearts, asking questions and leaving us with many of our own. May God grant you, Pam, the wisdom and the strength to honestly search for the answers in the light and truth of our Lord Jesus Christ.

peace~elaine

Paula (SweetPea) said...

How very sad. I didn't know "L" disease could come and and take a person that quickly. Actually, I don't know that I know much about the disease.

There's nothing quite like a surprise loss, huh? Seems no time to accept or come remotely close to "accepting" as when there is a long time of suffering.

This is just so sad. I pray that the entire family draws closer to God and not pull away. Anger is a powerful thing and the enemy can use it against us and our relationship with God.

I do thank the Lord that he was a Christian and so is his family.

So, so sad.
Love,
Paula

much2ponder said...

Pamela...this is so sad and so sudden. Help us to pay attention to the little things in our relationships. Everything that felt good and whole about that family has been shattered. I cannot even imagine what your friend must be going through right now. I will however pray for her, that her heart be protected as she works through this new UN-real reality of her life. Their lives will never be the same. My prayer is for them to experience the love and healing that only God can offer in addition to his ability to use this in some way to glorify Himself. Some things just do not make sense to us.

Lelia Chealey said...

Oh Pam...I can't even imagine. Know I will be praying for Christie and her kids throughout my day.
Lord have mercy.
Thank you for sharing this with me.
Love,
Lelia

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