KOH2RVA: Day 319

2013-07-24 18.17.12This morning I’m thinking about all the ways our hands can be used to bring heaven to earth.

They can cook a meal for someone who is hungry. They can build a house for someone who is homeless. They can put a bandage on someone who is wounded. They can reach out to embrace someone who is lonely. But they can also do this:

They can be folded in prayer.

One of the people who is good about reminding me of that is our Pastor Emeritus Jim Flamming, pictured at right. When he retired from First Baptist Church Jim planned to spend his time on three things: teaching, writing, and praying. He’s been faithful to that plan. He still teaches preaching at the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond. He’s written a book called Healing the Heartbreak of Grief. And, at my urging, he’s continued to lead the Catalyst Prayer group at First Baptist on Wednesday nights. Last night that group prayed for Chase Ingram.

Chase is 14 years old. He loves little children and Krispy Kreme doughnuts. He and I have been talking about baptism lately which has given him an opportunity to ask all his questions about religion and the Bible and believe me, that boy’s got a lot of questions!

But there may be a reason for that.

I can’t remember the details but I know that Chase was born with a condition that keeps his bones from growing in the way they should. He’s had 40 surgeries to date. Today he’s having number 41.

And so last night he came to church and met with the Catalyst Prayer group. As Senior Associate Lynn Turner put it, Chase has a “special relationship” with that group. They’ve prayed for him a lot.

They prayed for him again last night and they used their hands to do it. Instead of folding them in prayer they laid their hands on Chase and prayed that he would be brave about his surgery, that the surgeon would do good work, and that the surgery would accomplish all that it was supposed to. As they prayed I’m almost sure Chase could feel the healing, strengthening love of God flowing through those people and into his body.

And sometimes that’s exactly how heaven comes to earth.

Praying for Chase

Would you pray for Chase today?

5 thoughts on “KOH2RVA: Day 319

  1. very touching. brought tears to my eyes. thank you so much for sharing Chase’s story, the prayer group’s story, and your words. I could feel the power of all the prayers for Chase and the Holy Spirit within that prayer time.

  2. I will be praying for Chase today. I have watched him grow up in the church since he was a baby and seen the improvement that the surgeries have done or him. I Pray that this surgeon will be just as good as the others.

  3. I just wanted to report answers to many prayers on Chase’s behalf were met with God’s grace today. His surgery went well! Pray now for the healing to begin,strength in Chase’s legs and no complications that would compromise the healing process.

  4. Been praying for Chase, sooo wonderful to hear his surgery went well! He is a real trooper, does not let anything get him down. Now for serious prayers for a smooth recovery!!

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