Last week I was touched by the story of a little boy named James. I had heard about James through several of my friends; James is the son of a sorority sister to many of them. Via Facebook, I was directed to a blog sharing James and his parents’ story.
James is an 8 month old little boy who sadly was diagnosed with a brain tumor. After what seemed to be a successful surgery, his parents learned that the tumor had come back, and had come back worse. After being told that his prognosis was not good, his parents were faced with the toughest decision I can imagine- do they ask James to keep fighting this tumor, knowing treatment would probably not work, or do they bring him home and let him enjoy his last few days with those who love him. After deciding on the latter, James’ parents brought him home and showered him with love for a few more days before he succumbed to the tumor and went home to be with his Father.
A few things struck me hard when I heard this story. First, my heart broke for these two parents; I cannot imagine being faced with this situation. Second, as I was reading the blog and the comments from readers, I was amazed at how many people who did not personally know this couple were praying for them and sharing this story. Joe has written a lot lately about the unity we believers have. This was a true testament to that. However, no person can heal what they are going through. Despite all the encouraging and heartfelt words that were said, none of them can mend the brokenness they are feeling. But, there is One who can. Jesus tells us in Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” Is there any burden He can’t lift? No, there’s not. James’ parents know this, and I want you all to remember it as well. Healing is in His hands; ask and it will be given.
http://jamescamdensikes.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2011-07-17T20%3A15%3A00-07%3A00&max-results=7 (this is the link to the Sike’s blog about James)