Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Please pray

Let me tell you something about my friend Mary who I met online a year or two ago.

When most people read about an injustice in a news story they shake their heads and tut and maybe post about it on facebook. Mary looks up an address to write to and takes action.

When most people see poor families struggling in their town, they feel badly for them. They might try to find time to donate clothing to the goodwill store then pat themself on the back for a good deed well done. Mary starts up an organization to help feed and clothe and shelter needy people of all ethnic backgrounds and works her darndest at it and does amazing things as the hands and feet of Jesus.

When most people are diagnosed with advanced lung cancer...ok most people do not ever receive such bad news. Most people have no idea what they'd do in such a situation. But I can imagine they'd feel gutted and defeated and scared. Mary is in this situation now. But she refuses to accept defeat. She has a strong faith in God and she believes in miracles and believes He has another plan.

Mary has 10 children and is pregnant with number 11. The cancer has spread violently. The have no health insurance. They have young children who need their mommy. And you could never imagine a better mom than Mary. She is attached, loving, giving, gentle and patient. She models how to be an amazing Christian servant.

I debated with myself whether to even make this post. Because Mary is adamant that we not feel sorry for her, and that we stay positive. And because I don't want to seem to be sensationalizing a very real situation in this beautiful family's life. But she does value our prayers, particularly prayers for healing. And the more people are moved by her story, the more people will pray! And that has to turn some heads in Heaven. Please join me in praying for Mary, for a miracle, and for strength for her whole family right now.

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Matthew 18v 19
“I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you. "

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Laura said...

I am so sorry about your friend - I pray that a miracle happens for her and her family!

Betsy said...

I'm praying for Mary!

Jennifer @ Getting Down With Jesus said...

Niecey, My heart breaks. And I know that she doesn't want us to feel sorry for her. But maybe this heartbreak is a little bit OK? Because when God breaks my heart for Mary and her family, He drops me to my knees again on her behalf.

I did have the same hesitation when I first blogged about Mary -- I didn't want to sensationalize her story. But I know,
that I know,
that I know
that God wants us to spread the word about her, and remind people to pray ... and to pray BIG! I'm believing Big for Mary Anaya.

God bless you. If there's anything else I can do, please let me know ...

Deborah Ann said...


I read about Mary last week on Jennifer's blog. This story really tugs at my heart. I'm praying everyday for this beautiful woman and her family.

In Jesus,