Cindy's title

girl prayingI’ve been praying recently that if there were anything wrong with John medically that he would find it out so that he could be treated. Like every Christian wife, I want my husband to be with me as long as possible, and my husband thinks that if you’re not asymptomatic, you’re okay. This is not always true. We’ve been having this debate about him having a stress test and he has been using that line.

My prayer was answered dramatically June 25 – 28, 2011, when John had a severe, sudden onslaught of pain when we were visiting family in California. After hours in the emergency room, we were told he had severe, acute pancreatitis caused by gallstones. His pancreatitis was so serious that the doctors were concerned for his survival, and I sent out requests for prayers for John.

I am so thankful to be a part of the body of Christ that loves each other and is united in prayer and faith in God and willing to serve. I know that brothers and sisters across the country were praying, and the results were obvious to me. His pancreas responded well, his blood pressure was finally controlled better than it had been, and John got the cardiac evaluation I had been praying for — stress test and all. Eventually he was able to have his gall bladder taken out so this won’t happen again.

So many good things have come out of something “bad” and painful (Romans 8:28). We know we were united with brothers and sisters in prayer, and God acted (John 5:15 –16) and this has built our faith and encouraged us. My sister jokes about John’s new weight loss diet — five days of IVs and no food. We have however learned to hopefully listen to our bodies and will take better care of them in the future. We have experienced the comfort and peace of being in the Lord, and the joy of fellowship with God and with brothers and sisters (1 Corinthians 1:3 – 5). We have learned again that we can’t control our future or even know if we have one (John 4:13 –17). All is in His hands and in His time. We have been clearly reminded not to trust ourselves or our plans (Proverbs 16:3), but to live in the present with joy and gratitude for everything we have and everyone we love.
— Cynthia Clayton

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