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New Year’s Reflections – A Message from Mom

“Is it ever hard?” and “Do you ever cry?”–questions directed to me by two caring friends we fellowshipped with over the Christmas holidays.  “Yes” and “yes,” I’d have to admit.

On the outing we were given last week, Doug and I enjoyed so much the opportunity to get away and Christmas shop and go to “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” and eat out and such.  Yet we had our moments. We spent a lot of time in the Fort Worth cultural district, inadvertently passing by Steinway Hall, where Peter performed many times for piano recitals and where his teacher dedicated the evening to Peter a few nights earlier.  That was hard.  We accidentally parked by the exact spot we remember parking when Peter won an award at the Fort Worth Stock Show Art Contest.  We had a picnic in the Botanic Gardens . . . which brought back memories of Concerts in the Gardens we had attended when Peter was a toddler, including how he used to bury his head in Doug’s shoulder when the fireworks went off.  Sure, we cried.

And amazingly enough, the other stresses, strains and sorrows of life don’t politely stand aside while we deal with Peter’s recovery process.  Sometimes life can just be burdensome.

I’m so glad the Lord put 2 Corinthians 1 in the Bible . . . because the other Corinthians passage had said he won’t give us more than we can bear.  In the 2 Corinthians 1 passage, when it speaks of God’s comfort during affliction, Paul informed the church that in Asia, he had experienced a burden “beyond our strength,” so that “we despaired of life itself” (vs. 8). Even “we felt that we had received the sentence of death.”  Apparently he felt it WAS more than he could bear. Now this was more like I had been feeling.  Then Paul told what followed: “But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.  He delivered us from such a  deadly peril, and he will deliver us. . . . ”  Now the part that includes you prayer warriors: “You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.”

When I read this, it made me so grateful for all the faithful prayers of the Lord’s people granted to us this year.  You truly can’t imagine. Surely your prayers have delivered us from deadly perils of the soul. No doubt as well, your prayers have battled Satan for the life and recovery of a young man Peter Helms .

On Christmas Eve, some old friends we had not seen in some time dropped by with a festive tin of cookies, a card, and a great deal of love. They gave us healing words.  They said that praying for Peter this year had taught them the meaning of intercessory prayer.  “For me,” the husband related to us, “it [Peter’s injury] was a situation where I thought God was through this, strengthening my own walk with the Lord and challenging me to pray without ceasing.  Never have I had a situation before where God has just compelled me to pray continually over a period of time [like this with Peter].” He told us he prayed intensely for Peter every night before he went to bed.  His wife echoed his sentiments; she woke up every morning with Peter on her heart.

This dear couple was, of course, to us, the hands and the mouth sent to us that day by the “Father of mercies and the God of all comfort” to convey His mercy to struggling and sometimes crying pilgrims.

So on this last day of our challenging year, I want to extend warmest thanks for all the Helms family for your diligent and fervent prayers.  They are availing much in the Helms family.  Whatever the Lord makes of Peter’s future life, I know the debt he owes will make him belong twice over to the Body of Christ.  He will be wholly yours by virtue of the faithful prayers you have offered on his behalf.


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