Praying boldly.

Friday night.  Rob is back on the 16th floor of NYU Medical Center, where his first round of chemo got started.  He was an inpatient there for ten days in early November.  Now that he’s back there, it feels almost comfortable, with many of the familiar nurses taking care of him again.  But, of course, I do miss him being with us in the apartment!  Jim and I were discussing tonight just how good Rob’s care has been here in NY — we are so very grateful for that!

Jim and I ran out for dinner to a wonderful, small Italian “neighborhood” restaurant.  It was quite close to the hospital, at 29th and 3rd.  We brought back food for Ashley and Rob, who were in the hospital room playing Monopoly.  Then we watched some football on the two small TVs in Rob’s room (two different games, of course).  The reason he has two TVs is that his room is technically a double room, but the other bed has been removed.  Since he is “neutropenic” (increased susceptibility to infection), he cannot have a roommate now, unlike his quad-room experience back in November.  And, the TVs are tiny, unlike the large flat screen that he somehow obtained at the foot of his bed during his first stay.

Next week we have scheduled consultations with several surgeons regarding Rob’s upcoming surgery, depending on his hospital release, that is.  There seems to be an understanding of the possibility of having to reschedule these appointments as there are unpredictable forces at play, like unforeseen hospital stays.

I admit that I’ve been reticent when praying for Rob’s tumor, not being bold about asking God to just make it go away.  I’m not sure why this is — I have no doubt that God can do anything — with God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26).  I truly believe this.  As Jim and I talked about the power of prayer tonight, I realized that I’ve been stymied when praying.  So, I believe that the best course of action is to boldly ask, knowing that God’s answer will come as it will, accepting that His grace is sufficient and He will provide.  God’s love for us is pervasive and immense — Rob is His child, and He will never forsake him.  The assurance of this knowledge gives me an indescribable peace — what a blessing!

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5 Responses to Praying boldly.

  1. peggy Redfern says:

    I’ve always heard that you should be very specific with your prayers.
    Go ahead, be bold. God is right there beside you and Little Rob!

  2. Robley Shirey says:

    Oh precious one,
    As I read your post, I immediately heard this verse from Hebrews 4:16

    Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

    Our Father loves for us to come to him and freely gives to us his love.

  3. melanice Hilliard says:

    You are in my prayer Rob always

  4. Darlene says:

    Hi Roslyn

    Perhaps I can offer you some thoughts based on experience. Do not worry whatsoever what you pray or do not pray. Your life, hopes, dreams, fears and troubles are already known to God. Just talk to Him, and when you can’t,and those days do happen, He still knows anyway.

    I was never convinced that God would heal Abby. Of course I wanted Him to do so, what mother wouldn’t? And He knew that because He has a Son who went through terrible pain. I just asked Him to help me walk through it well so that I would have the energy to be the right type of mother for Abby in her trials and the right type of mother for my other children.

    God already has the plan in place. Just talk to Him and derive his love and peace that passes all understanding. I will tell you of some of my experiences of that in another comment.

    Do I need to tell you that I am praying for Rob :) ?

    Nice looking blog, by the way, as one blogger to another.

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