I got an email from an old friend last week. Now that I am 40, I have a lot of old friends. I don’t mean that in the aged sense, but more that I have known this girl for a long time — since I was 11-years-old in fact. We were best friends and signed all of our novel-length notes– BFF. We even shared one of those jagged half-heart necklaces where one bestie’s end was engraved with Be Fri and the other bestie’s with the letters st ends. In retrospect I am not sure why anyone would want a necklace that says st ends. Yet at the time I thought my st ends half-heart necklace was beyond cool.
If you recall, 11 can be kind of tough. There is some funky stuff going on with your body, you’re a tad emotional and you vacillate between knowing exactly who you are and not having a clue. (It actually reminds me a lot of 40, now that I think about it.)
I know the necklace was a bit “You complete me” a la Tom Cruise to Renee Zelleweger in the movie Jerry Maguire. But, it also meant I was part of something bigger than myself, and who doesn’t want that?
Anyway, the point is my childhood BFF sent an email wanting a bible verse…from me.
Never did I think I would be the girl to dole out bible verses. However, start a blog about works of mercy and somehow people know you as a God girl!
Really, I was so glad she did contact me because I learned of an incredible work of mercy that she is involved in. I love it for at least 500 different reasons, but it might seem tedious if I tell you them all.
She needed a bible verse that pertained to hope or healing for an 11-year-old girl. It was for her friend’s daughter, Blaine, who had just been diagnosed with leukemia — for the second time. She was four years old when she was first diagnosed. It had been in remission for seven years, and unfortunately is back.
My boys are 11 and 8-years-old and I still carry children’s Benadryl and Tylenol in my purse just in case they sneeze or get an ache. So of course, when I read leukemia, my stomach felt like it was in the middle of a crunch, even though I wasn’t doing situps.
My heart hurt for her mama. I can’t imagine going through a real illness like that with my children one time, let alone two. Yet somehow, even though I’ve never met her, I believe she will find the strength to get through it a second time because love, especially love for our children, somehow gives the smallest of us herculean strength.
My friend needed a bible verse because she was going to be part of a prayer book that listed, for every hour of the day, a scripture chosen by participants.
Truthfully, I don’t know the Bible as well as I should. Still, there is one verse that I know by heart and think it is perfect for any age.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future,” Jeremiah 29:11
So I sent her that verse along with a few others that I found that I thought were appropriate. I also asked her to tell me more about this book they were making.
It is called a Ring of Encouragement. In it will be pictures of friends who are praying for Blaine, next to the bible verse they chose. She can flip through it and see the faces and verses of love that have been chosen for her throughout the day.
That really seems like the best kind of medicine.
It made me smile to think of that young girl looking at the pictures of people in different parts of the country, who love her, are praying for her, and believe that she has a hope and a future.
I believe that. And I want her to know. I don’t think it matters that she doesn’t know me, that I am just some 40-year-old “God” girl who came to know her brave fight from someone I first met at the same age she is now. I think maybe it matters more that she doesn’t. That someone out there who she’s never met is praying for her.
But how cool would it be if we all did this?! If we all offered a prayer for Blaine?
Please join me by sharing a bible verse, inspiring quote or encouraging message so she knows we are all praying for her healing.
Just leave it in the comment section, and I will make sure she sees them.
Here’s a chance for us to be part of something bigger than ourselves; to take the best pieces of all of us and send a healing message to Blaine that she can carry in her heart. No necklace needed.