Reading: Matthew 21: 22
I got a call one Saturday morning with some shocking news. A friend of mine, who was in her early 30s, had a stroke. At that time, I guess she was in pretty bad shape. I called several of our mutual friends to pass on the news and ask for prayers.
I myself started praying as well. And, I prayed quite frequently. I couldn't believe that someone so young was facing this problem. I had just seen my friend only a few days before. At that time, she shared her joy that she was pregnant. I was worried about her and her unborn child.
I went to visit her in the hospital a few days later. At that point, she was well on her way to full recovery. She did not have any paralysis, but did have to relearn some basic skills. I was a little apprehensive about visiting her, not knowing what to expect, but I was glad I went to show my concern and support for her recovery.
I can't help but think that the power of prayer helped my friend in her time of need. So many people were praying for her. Her husband is a minister and he asked all of her visitors to offer a prayer for her before they left the hospital room. I thought that was great. I am convinced that prayer helped in this situation and that it can help in any situation. -Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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