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.