A Hunch About Prayer and Brian

Sometimes hunches have great results. Other times they are so unfounded the only purpose is to take up time. Still, this Friday morning I share a hunch. The hunch is I believe there’s a way to bring good focus contextually to our prayers.

So many of you have responded with kindness and commitment to include our nephew, Brian, in your prayers. I do believe Rabbi Harold Kushner is correct when he offers, “Prayers redeem us from isolation”—maybe especially as Bill Coffin once offered, “Prayers help when you are reaching up to touch bottom.” Prayers are an active way to confirm relationships, to let God know [not that God needs hints] what’s important in our life. Even more, who’s important.

Prayers help define value. When playing baseball I NEVER prayed to win…before warming up I would jog to loosen up, then stop, by myself, and ask God to know I was not alone and I would benefit from giving my fullest. For I don’t believe God’s a fan of the Cubs; rather, no matter what I may feel…God is a fan of everybody. Yes, Mets fans, that holds.

So. What’s the hunch? It is this: I believe if you can focus upon Brian our nephew, look at him—really look at him—your prayers—mine, too—will have greater connecting.

Diane and I have been with Brian. And, not once…not even a breath of phrasing—has Brian complained about his condition, the fact the prognosis of his brain cancer is not beaming with anything but the difficult, even onerous. I so admire that with Brian. He’s not in any place other than he realizes he is human, he’s got a terrible medical condition, and that he’ll do whatever he can to give his fullest…his very fullest…no matter what. Hope has not left…nor will it.

So, on this new day let me make good on my hunch…to share a picture of Brian. And to ask…please be including him and his family—especially Cheryl and Dale and Paul [Brian’s brother] in your prayers.

With gratitude and affirmation—for the ways in which God’s blessings can and do bring comfort and peace—we live in this new day. For God is with us…no matter what.

This picture of Brian was taken two days ago…he’s holding his last chemo pill…will have full medical evaluation update, then will return to medical treatment protocols.

Brian holding his last chemo pill...now a month of rest


About Mark H Miller

Diane and I live in Leander, Texas. This past June 17, 2015 I celebrated the 49th anniversary of my ordination. We returned to Texas after three years in Washington, during which I served as interim minister in Bellevue/Eastgate and Mercer Island. Am planning to begin a 5th novel that will have my protagonist, Tricia Gleason, serve a year in licensed ministry in Snoqualmie, Washington. The novel, "The Lemon Drop Didn't Melt," will find Tricia wrestling with ministry challenges. None of which more daunting than someone wanting her breathing to stop. All the published novels are available on Amazon and Amazon Kindle under Mark Henry Miller. A primary goal in our return to Texas is to make sure grandchildren get lots of attention--here and in Chicago and Washington, D.C. Traveling is definitely an activity that will not slow down. With that, of course, fishing will happen. To that the t-shirt is apt, "I fish; therefore I am." In addition to novels, the book of Blogs, "Voice Of My Heart," is also available on Amazon.
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