The Gift of Prayer


For many years, I considered myself an agnostic.  I had questioned the existence of God.  Several events in my life caused me to change that view.  Probably the biggest influence in my change of heart, is my BFF, Denise.  I’ve written about Denise several times here.

Denise and I have been close for 40+ years now.  I wrote sort of a tribute to her that you can see HERE.

When Denise was diagnosed with lung cancer, I wrote about her and her struggle HERE and asked for prayers.

Well, those prayers have been answered!  To a point.  Denise went to the hospital July 2nd to have a 2nd biopsy done on the spot in her lung.  It was supposed to be a day trip, meaning she would be home, tucked into her own bed by that night.  12 days later, she was finally allowed to go home!!

It turns out that the 1st biopsy was a botched job.  They collapsed her lung and left her hemorrhaging, bleeding into her own lung.  This was unknown until her 2nd biopsy.

Her 2nd biopsy was done at a different hospital, different doctor too.  During the 2nd biopsy they discovered the hemorrhage and tried to get a piece of the spot to biopsy.  Things didn’t go well.  I’ll cut the story short here.  It turns out, her lung collapsed 3 times during this visit.  Once was a Code Blue.  They couldn’t get the hole in her lung to seal up, it kept wanting to collapse.  The doctor then decided he needed to just go in and remove the spot in her lung.  During this process they also had to remove one of the lobes inside that lung.

It was about 5 more days before her lung closed up enough for them to send her home.

The whole process was horrifyingly scary for her, me and her kids.  She thought she was going to die.  Her kids thought she was going to die.  Everyone thought she was going to die.

When she came out of surgery, she was supposed to be in the ICU for several days.  She was there ONE night before they moved her to a regular room.  She was up and WALKING that next day as well.

LOTS of prayers were being said for this dear woman.  I firmly believe that God has had a hand in her recovery, that prayers were being answered.  To all of you that said prayers for my Dear Friend, THANK YOU.

Denise isn’t completely out of the woods yet.  They still need to test what they removed from her lung and give her a final determination.  Hopefully, they got it all and it’s a done deal.  So if you would please continue to keep Denise in your prayers, I would really appreciate it.

A final point that I would like to mention here.  Through Denise, I was given the gift of prayer. To behold it’s true power.  Even if you are not a “religious” person, (and believe me, I get that) I feel that if you simply put positive thoughts, wishes, feelings out into the universe, those positive things will come back to you in positive ways.  If you put negativity out, that’s what you get back.

How can I possibly thank someone that has given me the Gift of Prayer?

Copyright (C) 2020 Penny Wilson 

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

 

17 thoughts on “The Gift of Prayer

  1. I love this, but not that your precious friend had such trauma… Prayer is powerful and I pray a lot. Mostly tiny prayers throughout the day! My sweet wife, who is about to become a pastor, is a result of my praying. I’d been through some tough relationships and finally gave it to God in prayer and stopped looking and worrying. He put me and Cathi together! We’ve known one another over 50 years and grew up together, yet never even dated or thought about it. Prayer works!!! ;-)))

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  2. Penny, thank you for that blessed update on your dear friend Denise. Prayer holds such power and I am thankful the Holy Spirit worked through Denise to lead you to God. He may not always answer prayers as we desire. But He answers prayers, sometimes in the most unexpected ways that stretch and grow us, especially our faith.

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    1. I agree! An update! Denise got the results back from her surgery and the Dr. said they got it all! So another check up in 6 months. I am so blessed and so is she! Thank you, Audrey and by the way, I like your new picture! ❤

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  3. Lovely, Penny. I am a praying person, but I oftentimes ask permission or even apologize when praying for a person who is not religious. However, as you say, even if you only view it as positive energy, I do think prayer works. I’m so happy to hear your friend is on the mend. What a scary ordeal. Praying she has a full recovery, so you can continue to enjoy the special friendship you have!

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  4. I am happy that your friend is doing well. Prayers are an expression of our admission that God is all powerful and he listens and grants our prayers.

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