Had the opportunity Tuesday morning to pray for a 7 week old baby girl, Ruby, in Altnagelvin Hospital, Londonderry. Mum and dad, Annie and Johnnie, were understandably devastated, and totally exhausted, as Ruby is the surviving twin who were born at 24 weeks, and weighed in at birth at less than 1½ pounds. Her sister died at 6 days. Ruby has a major lung disease, and has ‘acquired’ the e-coli bacteria in the past week. Prayed for God to do a major miracle in her – breathing hos breath through her lungs and cleaning them out, and ridding her system of the bacteria.
Annie and Johnnie have 3 other children, but of course, are spending much time at the hospital in their desperation. The prognosis has been that Ruby will NEVER be off the ventilator: I prayed and broke that ‘curse’ – a good friend who is a specialist ‘baby’ doctor messaged me – in response to mine, with the details of Ruby’s condition – that so long as the bacteria level reduces (it is), and the lungs improve (they are), and that close checks are kept on her heart and brain (they are), there’s no reason why she shouldn’t be home by her original due date… 24 August. So that’s what I prayed: and it was lovely to see what HOPE did for the parents – the first hope they’ve had since the birth of the twins and the loss of the sister. Hope is something some people have a go at me for: for giving hope to people. Why did Paul emphasise it as one of the three key fruits in 1 Corinthians 13:13 – love, faith, and hope….? Annie was so much more at peace when we left – Johnnie had had to leave – it was a blessing to see some of the heaviness lifted off of her.
Prayed for a good few other people on Tuesday, too: an 87 year old man, Willie: major heart problems, bed-ridden, losing weight rapidly, no energy, couldn’t get out of bed without a lot of help. Well, he did that Tuesday, without help: and pretty much made his own way to the loo, which had been unheard of for months. His daughter was suffering from acute depression, and a chronic stomach condition, that caused such severe pain it had her doubled over a number of times a day. She was such from major sleep deprivation, too. She’s just messaged Davy about 30 minutes ago: here’s her message –
- Hello Davy, all I can say is my stomach has been pain free yesterday and today and I can’t believe it. I was going to message you at the weekend and let you know how I was. Im also feeling more positive Davy. I am very thankful to you and Paul for taking time to come and see me. I will keep in touch and let you know. I haven’t been out to see my dad but I will let you know. Keep praying for me please.
Then to Ivan – with liver cancer: some people feel heat when you pray for them, others a tingling sensation – Ivan felt his body acting like a sponge, just soaking in the presence and power of Jesus. Looking forward to hearing the ‘after-effects’ of becoming saturated!
On to Emma, the young mum I mentioned last week, who’d had constant brain tumours – 5 – in 14 years. She’s generally doing well, has days where the enemy takes a ‘pop’ at her, but so incredibly positive, and so grateful for prayer. It’s actually uplifting to be with her and her husband, and her friends, and Tuesday night we laughed a lot, and prayed again… here’s her sister, Clare’s, message to Davy, about an hour and a half ago:
- Thank u so much Davy, U are a darlin and we really appreciate your prayers and support. Emma having a GOOD day today. Resting now. Hugs to u and Paul.
We’re popping in to see Emma again tomorrow, along with a bunch more other people that Davy is stockpiling for prayer, as word gets round about what God is doing!
So right Paul, we need to be the bringers of hope. When we are full of hope it can overflow to those around us. God bless you.