Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Prayers needed

This card was inspired (copied) from the February Stampin' Success magazine.
I basically just changed the colors.

Last Wednesday night I had the opportunity to have a workshop with my friend Barb.  She invited some of her closest friends to be there.  All of them took advantage of the Sale-a-bration going on with SU!  It was a great workshop.  We made a gender-neutral birthday card that could also double as a Valentine's Day card.  All you'd have to do is change the sentiment.

Stamp: Create a Cupcake
Paper: Pear Pizzazz, Springtime Vintage designer series paper, Whisper White
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede
Accessories: Build a Cupcake punch, Pear Pizzazz ribbon, dimensionals

My new friend and downline Linda came to observe me.  Near the end of the workshop, Barb's phone rang. It was Linda's husband. I could tell right away that something was terribly wrong.  Linda got off the phone and said that her 13 year-old grandson who lives in Massachusetts collapsed at hockey practice and was in the hospital on a ventilator.  She said that she had to leave immediately.

A strange silence took over the room.   Linda and I have only known each other a few months, but it seems like a long time.  We've not really talked at length about our religious beliefs, but I thought that she was a believer.  Now, I am not one who feels comfortable praying out loud with a group of people.  But I felt the overwhelming need to pray right there with these ladies.  So I did. 

Linda drove me to the workshop, so I was with her for most of her ride home.  She talked about what she needed to do to get ready for the drive to Massachusetts including packing her clothes, finding a temporary home for her dogs, etc. I told her that we would all be praying for Nick to make a complete recovery.

In the days since Nick's collapse, I have texted Linda a few times to get updates on Nick's condition.  I put Nick on my church prayer chain and also asked for prayer via Stampin' Connection, an online community for Stampin' Up! demonstrators.  Several of the other ladies including Barb have added Nick and his family to their prayer chains, too. 

Today I received an email from Linda that said that Nick is still undergoing tests to determine the cause of his heart problems.  Tomorrow he will be having an internal cardiac defibrillator implanted.  They do know one thing: he will never be allowed to play sports again.  This news has been very hard for Nick to accept because he's been playing hockey since he was four years old.  The doctors say that it is a miracle that Nick is alive and made it through this ordeal.  Linda wrote that Nick's earthly mission is not over.  God kept him here on this earth for a reason.  Please pray for Nick while he recovers.  He is not only suffering physical problems, but is also grieving that he has to give up hockey and completely change his lifestyle.   Also pray for his parents as well as his teammates. 

Happy stamping!



Bev Gomez said...

I will pray for him and sure hope Nick is doing well by now. Prayers are powerful!

Yolanda said...

I too will pray for him. I'm glad he's doing better, and I too agree that prayers are powerful.

Dale Morin said...

I will keep Nick and his family in my prayers.

Great card. TFS

bensarmom said...

I will be praying for Nick and his family. What a testimony you have here to do what the Holy Spirit led you to do..........pray right then and there. May God richly bless you for your actions.

Holly/Rubber Redneck said...

How sad, poor kid I will keep him and his family in my prayers.

Sandy's Stampin' Getaway said...

Thanks for sharing this story Susan. I will definitely keep Nick in my prayers!

Amanda Sevall said...

Cute card! I hope that he's feeling better soon - how scary.