The Thanksgiving Post: A note from the most thankful girls in the world.
It's Emily. I feel speechless. I feel like saying, "Thank you" has lost its meaning. I've said it hundreds and hundreds of times in the last three weeks. I don't know what to say to say more than just that, "Thank you."
What you all have helped accomplish by partnering with Laura and those close to her has been nothing short of miraculous. I give all my gratitude, all my thanks, all my love.
I feel speechless. But I have another request: I always do, and I won't stop asking so long as I know this network is still webbed and thriving.
Laura had her surgery just over a week ago now (Tuesday, 11/19), and the TN pain is gone, but the surgical pain is still making the fight difficult and exhausting.
She has been back in and out of the ER at home, and unfortunately was given six staples over her incision because the site was leaking. And still is.
The surgeon has asked her to travel back down to Los Angeles so he can evaluate the issue.
But it's Thanksgiving.
People have already given so much and Laura has been so humbled and vulnerable over the last few weeks it's hard to ask for anything else. A ride to LA, more money, whatever.
But we are a community of individuals from around the entire world, and now, we lift her up in prayer.
I'm asking all of you as you gather around your tables today and say what you're thankful for, lift her up.
I'm asking that all of you, where ever you are, whatever you're doing, at 4 pm PST (6 if you're in Chicago, 5 if you're in Colorado!): Stop.
Join hands with your loved ones, and spend five minutes in prayer for Laura. All over the world, let's pray together this Thanksgiving. If you're not the praying type, please, still join us. Just reflect on good people in your life and times that good things have happened to you and ask the forces of nature or whatever you believe in to bring her peace and a break from pain.
I'm not asking you to pray that her scar disappears and she is back to longboarding and jumping off swings tomorrow. Just that the pain would subside and the leakage would stop. So pray when you're at the table, pray when the time comes.
For a relief. For an embrace from her Maker. If you need the words, try something like this. God bless you all, and Happy Thanksgiving.
Father, we gather on this day, blessed by your grace. We give you thanks for for the food before us, the family around us, the love we share with those here, and all who couldn't join us. We know that all we have comes from you, and all our thanksgiving is to the glory of your name. We ask that you continue your abundant blessings upon us, your children, and that you continue to shine your light on our sister, Laura. Lord, be with her today as she struggles through recovery. Be in her nerves and vessels. Be in her scars and staples. Comfort her with your peace and remind her of your power, your grace, your love. Bring a relief from pain and seal the leak in her head. Lift her spirits, Lord, and circle her with your Holy Spirit. In her suffering, you are glorified, like in the suffering of your son, Jesus Christ. And as he died and rose, be glorified as Laura's pain dies and she rises to proclaim your Word and the story of your infinite love. Bless her on this day and those to come. Be with other sufferers of this condition and help them to shine your light as statements of your love and as beacons of hope for those who suffer and don't know you. Bless your children as you always bless us Lord, with wisdom, and give us the understanding and grace to learn. We praise you for all creation Lord, and we join in praying:
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the Kingdom, the power, and the glory, forever and ever. AMEN.