The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
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.