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Family, as many of you know I lost custody of my daughter Ariel. She has been coming to visit more than before. But, I am asking for God's prayers and prayers from my church family instead of Ariel visiting that she may live with myself, Alex, Savannah, Jacob and Memo on a permanent basis. Thank you in advance and I love you all.
Received: January 12, 2015
Hello, family in Christ,
This Christmas, our entire family, Tori, Krash, Wenonah, Jen Martinez, Chinue, Nick, Chio, Claudia, Erandy, Dominic and Sean, and I are all remembering the pain of last Christmas, and it's difficult. It's especially difficult for Tori and for me as you may imagine. Time like a thin veil is whisked away on the wind as memories come back with a certain horrible clarity and we experience grief anew. Thank you for your prayers. But, just like the Holy Spirit spoke through Jay on Sunday, God is with us. And we take these days moment by moment, reaching out with everything we've got to draw near to him and receive his comfort.
I love Christmas. I'm one of those people who just loves this time of year. Ever since I was baptized 12 years ago, the whole season took on a special meaning of hope and true joy and I just fell in love with everything about it.
Zion passed on to Heaven on December 23rd. He was five months old. One year ago we were holding on to faith that God would, against all odds and earthly knowledge, save him from death. I believed God for a miracle. We had several conversations about it during the six days he was in the hospital, me and God. And I felt sure He told me he was coming. So we held on to faith. I refused to doubt. I thought my faith would be blessed by God.
It was, just not in the way that I thought.
When Zion died, we were confused and heartbroken.
And God wrapped his loving arms around us in such a stunning display of his love, we could never repay the debt. He did this through all of you and we just wanted to say THANK YOU. We just wanted to say thank you for all of your prayers throughout the year. We want to say thank you for every hug, every text, every good thought, every tender word. George Chavez held me up when I broke down at church one Sunday and I just cried and cried in his arms. Kristian came to the hospital by bus the night before Zion passed just so he could pray with us in the morning at 5:30am before the procedure. Fifty or sixty of you showed up to pray and sing with us that morning. You bought presents for Krash that Christmas. Lilian Jacobs brought us food until September. Kim and Mike invited us into their home and loved us over and over again. Jay and Traci and Billy and Isis came over and sat with us and cried and prayed with us and supported us. Henry Solano and Chinue took care of all the businessy things it is one's great misfortune to have to do in such a difficult time. Chinue and Nick helped us with a bank account that so many of you contributed to so that we would not have to worry during that time. So many of you fed us. So many of you mourned with us and loved us and prayed for us. Hundreds of you came to Zion's memorial. Twenty men prayed with Tori at the beach in one of his darkest hours. Isis met with me and prayed with me and counseled me and supported me. Xochitl and Nahani and Brenda and Kiara and Claudia and Chio and Cheen and Nick took care of Krash for me days when I needed to fall on my face and cry. And so many more things I may not even have known.... So much love. You all were the arms and feet and hands of Jesus... You have loved us with wild abandon. You have mourned with us and you have wrapped God's love all around us. We are so blessed. We wanted you to know what you did last Christmas. How you glorified God. How you showed us how much he loved us. We wanted to say thank you this Christmas.
God is so stinkin GOOD, man. Even through the pain, especially through the pain, he's everything. He has used this year, filled with such grief and pain, to begin a healing and mending and renewing deep in our souls.
And as you continue to pray for us this season, as so many of you have shared that you are, and as we pray for so many others in grief and pain at this particular time of year, I was thinking of a lesson I read about tears at Christmas.
When Christ was born, many young babies, all boys, under two years old, were slaughtered, murdered, by order of the king, Herod, whose selfish ambition and fear trumped basic morality. And I was struck by the incredible grief and suffering those mothers and fathers had to endure because Jesus was born. Because the Savior came to earth, their children died. What a tremendous tragedy at the very same time of such a powerful display of God's love in Jesus' birth. Such agony tied to such a cause for celebration. Those boys died because Jesus lived. But, Jesus lived exactly because this is a fallen world where a power hungry king could murder innocent little babies. But, it is also true that Jesus was born and later would die so that those boys could live forever in eternity with him in paradise. And then I realized, he did the same for my boy. He did the same for Zion. And he did the same for me. And for you. So that's what I'm celebrating this Christmas. Jesus came to save my boy. And he did save him after all. Just not in the way that I thought. In a way that will last forever.
Much love this Christmas and always.
And many eternal thanks from our family to yours.
Received: January 3, 2015
Happy New Year!! want to thank this time to thank all of you for your continued prayers, love, and support and gifts of wonderful food. I am continuing to improve on my new chemo and am finished with my radiation treatments. I feel my strength returning bit by bit, especially as I load up on protein. I'm even thinking I'll be well enough for church this Sunday if all goes well.
I also wanted to formally thank the Jr. High ministry for their generous outpouring of gifts and cards. Truly, your kindness and generosity are from God. Now that I'm feeling better, I'm really enjoying reading the home made cards with Bible scriptures. They are so beautiful and strengthen my faith.
Also, thank you, Kim Thompson for helping me coordinate my care needs. You are a loving woman of God.
Please continue to pray for me, especially that I find the physical strength to get through my treatments and that they continue to work so I can continue to do well. God is so good!!
Received: January 2, 2015
Please pray for my Dad (Bill) as we just found out this evening that he has prostate cancer. We are not sure how bad it is yet, so please pray that the doctors found it early enough to be able to treat him and get ride of all of the cancer.
Received: December 30, 2014
Hello Turning Point Family,
A family friend, Susie Leslie, is in advanced stages of cancer & currently on bed rest. Our prayer is that her doctors take care of her well & keep her comfortable; that her family will surround her with love & that they will have a deep desire to find comfort in God.
Thank you & Much Love,
Received: December 12, 2014
Please pray for my friend's son. He is 3 weeks old, was born prematurely, and has an intestinal infection. Please pray that it is only an infection, and not a serious disease. Also, that my friend, Lianne, can turn to God during this time.
Received: December 4, 2014
Please pray for this little girl. She is 7 years old and came down with the flu and now she is in the hospital where my sister n law works. Her organs have all shut down and she is on dialysis. Her name is Kyleigh Derouin, Mary Bridge Tacoma General Hospital. Both her parents are unemployed. My sister asked if our church could pray for her Kyleigh and her family.
Received: December 3, 2014
Hi everyone, thank you for praying for us. God send to have shown us where to move. I am very sick again, my neighbors pot is filling up our house again through the floor. I've had trouble breathing since yesterday & have had some shock like symptoms possibly from the asthma medicine. Im asking for prayers that my circulation & heart are ok, that i can breathe freely & no chest pain or tingling in my hands & feet, & to restore my strength. Im trying to pack to move. & that our offer is accepted &we can move quickly into our new home. Thank you so much, prayers mean everything.
With love in Christ,
Patti (& Jonathan) Rose
Received: October 31, 2014
Hello Turning point Family!
Can you please pray for my family. We are low on our income. My husband is an actor so you never know when the next job will come through. He is working so hard for his family. I just want to trust that god will take care of us, and provide. This book has been helping to be grateful for the thing that I have now! Also I need to surrender to god plan for our future! Thank you so much! Love you all!!
Received: October 30, 2014
Please pray for my mother. She has been struggling with a addiction to alcohol and it is affecting the relationships of those around her.