Her name is Debbie, and she has been waiting three long years for a lung transplant. That transplant is slated for midnight tonight.
As you can imagine, Sam and her family are in quite a state right now. They are joyed to see her given this opportunity, but they are fearful of what the outcome of this 6-8 hour procedure will be.
Prayers are necessary. They are vital.
I ask that you pause for a moment and say a prayer for the person who died, enabling Debbie to have her lung. May that person's last act of charity safeguard their entrance into Heaven.
I ask that you pray for that person's family and friends who are no doubt grieving this loss.
Have you done this? Great!
I ask that you now pause to pray for Debbie. At barely 90 lbs soaking wet, she is in a precarious place right now with her health. May her body be strengthened and tempered by Divine Grace so that she is able to use her new lung to sing praises to God for His Mercy.
Pray, too, for the staff of doctors and nurses who will be tending to her tonight and in the coming weeks of recovery. May their hands be guided by the Lord of Healing.
Finally, pray for Debbie's family. This is an incredible ordeal that requires a quiet, patient strength... an inner strength that relies on hope and mercy. May their guardian angels surround, protect, enlighten and encourage each one of them. Above all, may the Blessed Mother, who so loves each of us, her children, send her Son to grant His supreme peace.
My deepest appreciation for your prayers. Sam does read this blog from time to time, so if you are adding your prayers / sacrifices / daily offerings to the spiritual bouquet, please don't hesitate to let her know in the comments.
That goes double for any of you who have encouraging stories to share of family members who have undergone transplants such as this.
Again, my deepest appreciation. As always, I'll remember you guys and your intentions in my prayers tonight as well. It is a blessed thing to be members of the Body of Christ.