Gemma Greer and Family
On December 28th, The Greer family was faced with the news that their sweet little 3 year old Gemma had a large tumor on her kidney. It is believed to be a Wilms' Tumor, which is a rare childhood cancer. They were immediately sent from Helena, MT to Salt Lake City for treatment and are there now awaiting her surgery on Monday. In addition to the diagnostics and surgery, Gemma will then undergo anywhere from 19 to 30 weeks of chemotherapy which will require weekly traveling as it is not available in Helena. In addition to all of this, Ruby (mom) will most likely choose to stay home to care for Gemma through all of this. Between medical costs and losing one income, they are in need of much support, financially and also in need of prayers and positive thoughts as they take on this battle with their sweet baby girl. Any help is much appreciated.❤️
We still feel guarded and vulnerable, tender and bruised, but we are determined to continue living and loving life.
Thank you to all of you that prayed with us, cried with us, laughed with us, and were our pillars of support when we felt like we couldn't hold ourselves up.
To the good Lord and universe: please let us live the simple life now and forever.
And to Gemma: YES you can finally do swimming lessons. ☺️. So happy you can be a kid again.
Love to you all!!❤️"
A prayer for surgery: Dear Lord, I ask that you would strengthen Gemma's body and prepare her for this upcoming surgery. we ask that you prepare each doctor and each assistant so that each one is refreshed and at his or her best when the surgery starts. Enable them to disregard any personal distractions and fully focus on Gemma's surgery. I pray that each one is clear thinking and able to receive wisdom from you as the surgery is in progress. May each decision be correct and each procedure be accurate. Thank you for the skill and compassion of all the nursing staff. Heavenly Father, we are asking for your supernatural protection during this surgery and recovery period. In Jesus' name.
Lord, we come before you today in need of your healing hand for Gemma. In you all things are possible. Hold this family's hearts within yours, and renew their mind, body, and soul. You gave us life, and you also give us the gift of infinite joy. Thank you for the strength you are providing to this family to move forward on the path of healing you've laid out for them. Lord, we know that we worry about the future only when we imagine a future without You. Surround them with Your presence today and surprise them with Your blessings. In Jesus' name.
Lord, You formed Gemma and nothing is a surprise to you. Now your child Gemma and her family need your strength and presence in their lives to face the upcoming journey to health and wholeness for this beautiful child of yours. Remind us all again, Lord, that you are always at work to bring good in the midst of all things, even the pain of weakening bodies caused by this temporary invasion of cancer. All we can do is cry out to you and strengthen our resolve to pray. Healing God, renew this family in your love this day with the gift of hope and awareness to see the signs of your healing and sustaining presence surrounding them. Lift their spirits, dry their tears, and grant them strength to face each hour with courage. We commit their lives into your loving care. We offer you the faith we have and ask you for your mercy and grace as we witness your healing in whichever way you see fit. In Jesus' name.
Lord, you are the Greers' refuge and fortress. They lean and rely on You and confidently trust in you. I thank you that you have provided them a way to remain stable and fixed under your shadow. Cover them with your wings of protection under which they will find a safe haven. Because of your divine protection, they are safe. We pray that your mercy, grace, and kindness will surround them like a shield and that you would surprise them with your blessings today. In Jesus' name.
Lord, we ask you to Bring healing to Gemma. Stay by her side and comfort her through this trying time. Keep this family ever mindful of Your loving presence and surprise them with your blessings. We're praying that the treatment is what you are directing and that the results would be amazing. In Jesus' name.
Lord, we come to you and entrust Gemma to your care. Touch this family's hearts that they know that you are with them during this challenging and difficult time. We ask you to give them strength and healing. Comfort them in their fears, soothe their anxiety and let them rest securely in Your arms. As these caregivers care for Gemma, may they minister with Your compassionate heart. Give insight to researchers that they may discover cures. Bless the doctors and nurses with patience and energy so that they will give their best to Gemma. For their families, their friends and their community, we depend on you for courage and strength. Surprise the Greers with Your blessings this week and may the blessings come in multiple and varied vessels . Gift them with joy, peace and confidence in you as we stand with them in faith and trust, witnessing your healing love. In Jesus' name.
Lord, our hearts are crushed by these circumstances. We take the tools You have given us into this battle. We are confident that You can end this threat. Give this disease no place to live in this body any longer. Let weeks become days in this treatment process. Give Gemma unexplainable strength to resist the side effects of these drugs. We take this picture of Gemma as our vision of what we will see again soon. (Thank you, Dave Tenneson, for this prayer.) and Amen.
Lord, We don't always understand the "why" or the "how," but You can be trusted. You understands our humanity, our questions, our frustrations, our tears, our weaknesses. We thank you that you are with the Greers during the storm and they have felt your presence. Father, we lift little Gemma to you this week, as she's going into a new week and ask you to touch her with Your healing. Strengthen her little body to deal with this chemo and to stay strong during the treatments. We ask that you add your blessing to these treatments and that they will kill the cancer but allow the rest of her body and spirit to remain strong and able to function the way you designed them to do. Encourage her heart. Give her parents courage and wisdom to lead her and minister to her needs, both physically and mentally. Provide for them as a family and bring people into their lives who will lift them up and help with the daily needs they have. Thank you Lord for being there with them, giving your grace for each day. We trust you to work here in her life and bring her to wholeness again. In your name we pray. Amen. .Deuteronomy 31:6 “ …Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”
Loving Lord Jesus, You were the One that said, "Let the little children come unto me, and You placed Your hands on all - and blessed them. We come to You today to ask that Your healing hand would touch the life of Gemma. Lord, be close to this little one, we pray, and hold this family close every hour of the day. We depend on Your comfort and strength to uphold them as they care for Gemma . May they rest in You and be comforted and strengthened. Give them wisdom and skill as they nurse their child back to full health. Surround them with compassionate care givers as they find their sufficiency and comfort in You. In Jesus' name.
(Malachi 4:2) But to you who now My name The Sun of Righteousness will rise With healing in His hands. Though the clouds may hide the sun It’s always shining And when the storms obscure Your face You still are smiling Here we will have tribulation But there is one thing that is certain You never change You are always good and loving Merciful in all Your dealings Shining like the sun Rising up with healing in Your wings
Lord, today we come asking for your blessings for Gemma's family. It is so hard watching our children suffer. We place Gemma in the hands of those who administer this chemo. We ask you to give them an extra measure of patience, kindness, and eagerness to help. We thank you for the many blessings that you have surrounded this family with. In the days of tiredness, feeling lousy, crabbiness, we thank you for the comfort and strength you provide and the companionship for Ruby and Cameron. In Jesus' name.
You are our Creator, and you are our Healer.You have compassion for us in our sicknesses and our pain. Your mercy is from everlasting to everlasting. We are so grateful for this time that the Greers will be returning to Helena. We ask you to continue healing little Gemma's body. We invite your healing touch into every cell, every organ, and every system of her body. We ask that you would heal the root of any pain. We Thank you and trust that you are repairing everything that has to do with Gemma's body. We pick up the shield of faith and draw confidence that you are working on The Greers behalf this day. In Jesus' name.