"Thanks to Your Prayers, I’m Coming Home!”

"Thanks to Your Prayers, I’m Coming Home!” Late one Wednesday night, the phone rang just as I was settling into sleep. “Hi, Ms. Linder; it’s Joleen. I’m sorry to bother you, but I thought you’d want to know that Jason and I are leaving tomorrow afternoon for Anchorage. Jason’s going to have heart surgery to repair his aorta on Friday, and … could you pray for us?” Awake immediately, Joleen and I talked for nearly an hour before praying together and hanging up. A member of a Sunday-keeping church, Jason had finished at Juneau Adventist School last year. He was born with several congenital problems and knew that these would have complications as he grew older. I shared Jason’s request with my class on Thursday morning. They prayed for God’s blessings and healing for Jason, that he would be okay and recover quickly, confident in the Lord’s power to help. When Jason stopped by that afternoon on the way to the airport, we gave him cards, hugs and more prayers for his journey. Imagine my sheer joy as I arrived home Friday afternoon to a message on my answering machine: “Hi, Ms. Linder, it’s Jason. Guess what? Thanks to all your prayers, I don’t have to have surgery! I’m coming home!” What an experience in prayer for these precious ones; what an amazing God! And though not an Adventist, Jason tells me that he plans to attend Auburn Adventist Academy in the fall. Thank you, Lord, for the precious gift of your children and the witness they are!

"Thanks to Your Prayers, I’m Coming Home!”

Late one Wednesday night, the phone rang just as I was settling into sleep.

“Hi, Ms. Linder; it’s Joleen. I’m sorry to bother you, but I thought you’d want to know that Jason and I are leaving tomorrow afternoon for Anchorage. Jason’s going to have heart surgery to repair his aorta on Friday, and … could you pray for us?”

Awake immediately, Joleen and I talked for nearly an hour before praying together and hanging up. A member of a Sunday-keeping church, Jason had finished at Juneau Adventist School last year. He was born with several congenital problems and knew that these would have complications as he grew older.

I shared Jason’s request with my class on Thursday morning. They prayed for God’s blessings and healing for Jason, that he would be okay and recover quickly, confident in the Lord’s power to help. When Jason stopped by that afternoon on the way to the airport, we gave him cards, hugs and more prayers for his journey.

Imagine my sheer joy as I arrived home Friday afternoon to a message on my answering machine: “Hi, Ms. Linder, it’s Jason. Guess what? Thanks to all your prayers, I don’t have to have surgery! I’m coming home!”

What an experience in prayer for these precious ones; what an amazing God!

And though not an Adventist, Jason tells me that he plans to attend Auburn Adventist Academy in the fall. Thank you, Lord, for the precious gift of your children and the witness they are!

July 01, 2005 / Alaska Conference
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