a story of Peace from Grace

I have an amazing story of grace to tell you. I looked Fb this morning and saw this on Anne’s status: “is home. We have no answers and no good news to report. I deeply appreciate all the messages and support we have gotten from all of you.” I prayed.

A went upstairs and found I had missed a call and it was Anne. I called right back and had an amazing conversation in which I heard, in the tone of her voice and her words, that the comfort we have prayed for have enveloped her and Rob. Peace is amazing. God is amazing, isn’t He? She talked of how they have grown so close and how Noami loves to be held and how they love to hold her. She talked of the peace and, indeed, from the conversation, dare I say that the Joy of God has invaded them afresh. In fact, hasn’t there been a miracle already? Isn’t love a miracle? And isn’t God walking us through, as she mentioned the twenty-third Psalm, the “valley of the shadow of death,” teaching us that He is with us and that we should fear no evil? I am overwhelmed by the deep faith I have read via email and now heard from my friend. I feel joyous for them as I hear of how they have felt God’s presence and felt the prayers, as I told her, of hundreds of people from across the globe. This is the work of God through His people, the community of faith, uniting at different times and from different places with a common purpose, prayer for this family… and so many of these praying people have never seen this family, and never will, but their spirits are united in prayer. 

During this phone call I heard of the grace of God. And an important lesson has been learned and passed along to us… Cherish the moment.

“Don’t worry about tomorrow” Jesus said. Anne reminded me of that today. Live in the moment and enjoy the blessings we have been given.

Now, for the update as best as I am able to correctly convey it… They want for nothing right now, they continue to covet our prayers, please don’t stop praying.  The prognosis is that Naomi’s condition is such that she suffers no pain (isn’t that a blessing in itself? as we talked, i heard her cooing and making baby noises). Her life expectancy is maybe months, maybe years… there is no treatment, there is no certainty, there is Peace, there is this moment. But these blessed ones are not looking out that far, they are living now, today, enjoying their child warmly wrapped in blankets on mom’s lap on the couch at home.

A baptismal garment is being perfected and on the 15th, Naomi will be baptised. Though it seems to me (forgive this insertion) that this baby has been baptised as a blessing and is becoming a blessing to many.

There are few other words for me to say. So I will stop writing for a moment and show you a pic I stole from Fb…

 

a beautiful life.

Naomi: a beautiful life.

A final word. For me, Namoi is living up to her name, which is a Hebrew name and means “enjoyment, pleasure, or gratification.” How? well, all this can teach us, or remind us to rejoice in the “Peace that passes all understanding” that God has brought to this family. Don’t stop praying, for a miracle, for comfort. May God continue to bless them and now us and may He be glorified.

Indeed, Peace from Grace.

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8 responses to “a story of Peace from Grace

  1. oh my… GOD is using this little girl and her family… just so amazingly…
    S.D.G.

    L

  2. Carol

    Alleluia-Thanks be to God!

  3. Janice Carter

    Such a precious baby. My love and continuing prayers to Naomi, Anne and Rob.

  4. Lea Coppage

    Thanks for posting! We’ve been wondering about Naomi, and we’ll keep praying.

  5. Michelle

    I continue to be in awe of Anne and Rob. They are an amazing family, and I see them as a living testimony of faithfulness in God. We continue to pray here, and I am glad that she feels the sense of peace and grace that can only come from our Lord.

  6. Joanna

    Great post. What a praise and how good God is and what a beautiful baby!

  7. I wanted to update those of you following this story by letting you know of a good conversation I had with Anne last night. They are doing okay. They are realistic about the prospects, but within that realism, I hear a biblical hopefulness as well. I continue to pray for this family and I continue to thank God for His faithfulness to them in this time of hardship. I urge you to keep praying as well.

  8. j

    thanks, Tom, for keeping us in contact with you and your travels and your prayerful conversations.

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