Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Much Prayer

The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
James 5:16b

My Uncle Chuck is still very sick and heavily sedated. The fluid is not draining from his lungs as anticipated and he is still very heavy on my heart. I continue to pray God's mercy on him and his family, which includes us.

In September of 2007, we had a birthday/going away party for our son, Jim. He was moving away to Minnesota. We had, at that time, a little dog named Ellie, a very friendly little shih tzu. Uncle Chuck found a friend in her. "I'll give you fifty dollars for this dog," he said. We smiled and said she wasn't for sale. Pretty soon he looked at me and said, "I'll give you forty-five dollars for this dog."

Ellie continued to sit on his lap and he continued to enjoy her company. "I'll give you twenty-five dollars for this dog," he said.

"Twenty-five?" I answered, "I thought you just offered me fifty."

"You better hurry," he quipped, "The price is dropping fast."

Of course, he didn't really want to buy my dog, it was just his way of making conversation and having some fun with me.

When we were kids Uncle Chuck would grab us by the leg, pull a sock off, say, "You've got jelly on your foot!" and start scratching the bottom of our foot while we squealed and squirmed to get away. He always has something up his sleeve and that is what makes him so much fun. It is also his way of telling us we are loved. Please keep him in your prayers too.


  1. He's always been lots of fun to be around....ugh, I feel like this is such a roller coaster ride.

  2. OMG! he's so handsome! he looks very much like Mark Hammon, you know, Gibbs on NCIS?
    he remains on my nightly prayer list.

  3. I am praying for him. My father had a younger brother, who died when he was only 49 of a heart attack, he was my favorite uncle. He visited us at camp one time and he totally fell for our small we gave her to him. It was amazing to me that a grown man would like a kitten so much, this uncle was such a nice man. His eyes twinkled. Growing up and growing old and seeing our loved ones grow old is painful. I will keep praying for him, and for you, Martha....

  4. Every family should have a Uncle like this.

    Love the part about buying the dog...How cute was that!

  5. Yes, Judi, You are right. There is a slight resemblance to Gibbs on NCIS. :)

    Thank you all for your prayers. They are much appreciated.