We are all connected

Sam’s current medical status:  Today Sam had elbow surgery to repair his broken arm.  He had some pins inserted in his upper arm and a plate was inserted right above his elbow.  He has a mild case of pneumonia with a slight fever that is being treated with antibiotics.  The oxygen level going through his endotracheal tube was decreased from 20 to 15 percent because he is breathing better on his own.  He was supposed to have a carotid angiogram last week (measures the blood flow to the brain) but that was postponed.  We aren’t sure when that will occur but we will need lots of prayers when that does happen! 

Prayer encircles the family:  I added a new blogroll hyperlink to White Fields Ministries which is maintained by Sam’s uncle Greg who is a pastor.  Greg was out in Bethesda with Eric (Sam’s dad) praying over Sam for the past two weeks.  The hyperlink takes you to sort of a prayer chain within Greg’s web site. 

When I spoke to Erin today, she related to me an interesting story from Greg’s web forum about how we are all connected in some way.  Sam’s cousin Courtney went on a camping trip with her in-laws this past weekend.  Her in-laws (the Phelps family) were at their annual church camp out up above Grass Valley Ca.  When they were gathered for the communal dinner, Courtney looked down at one of the food tables and saw a card with a picture of Sam and Erin and a note that requested people pray for Sam’s recovery!  She was so shocked and couldn’t figure out where the card came from. 

Here is the connection:  I’m in a bible study group with my dear friends Bernadine and Sami.  Bernadine thought it would be a great idea to make up prayer cards for Sam to pass out at the camp out.  So, Sami made up some wonderful cards and passed them out to everyone.  Sami, Bernadine and my family are all members of St Lawrence church in North Highlands California.  Courtney’s in-laws have also been members of St Lawrence for many years. 

Erin also mentioned that when she was growing up she spent many Sunday mornings staring at all the cute Phelps boys whose family (to this day) always sits in the front pew of the church on Sunday morning.  We are all connected!

laying on of handsHere’s a bible verse that Erin has been repeating all day, everyday:

 They shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

Mark 16:15

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5 Responses to We are all connected

  1. That verse from Mark 16 is a promise, and God cannot lie. We continue to pray for Sam, and “as touching”, we are laying our spiritual hands on him for his healing. Remember the comforting words of Romans 8, nothing can separate us from the love of Christ; he is with us; He is with Sam, and ministering angels are all around him. Keep on believing; you will never regret it!

    And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

  2. Kim King says:

    Erin,
    I heard of Sam’s condition from a friend of mine in our Sunday School class at Frist Baptist Alexandria, Va. I feel as though I know you both because we are brothers and sisters in Christ. I am reading a Beth Moore book now entitled “Believing God”. The premise of the book is about the difference between Believing in God and Believing God can do what He says He can do. I believe God can perform miracles today and so I’m praying for a miracle for Sam to wake up and be restored to you and his family.

    1 Peter 1:7 says, “There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world”.

    Please know that you both are in our prayers.

    Blessings, Kim King

  3. Erin Nichols says:

    Thank you for your prayers. I love finding new inspiring bible verses. It amazes me that so many people who have never met us care so much. Thank you, and thank you to those who are spreading the word.

  4. KAREN AMES says:

    hey you both are in my thoughts every day xoxoxoxoxo only if kisses could heal. let me know if you need anything we all love you. karen ames

  5. Lori McClelland says:

    Erin & Family:

    My name is Lori McClelland and I read the article published in the Sacramento Bee on Sams tragedy. It was sent via email with a request for positive thoughts and prayers for your families from Barbara Morarity-Van Dyke. She is the San Juan’s Alumni Associations Class of 77 Representative.

    Here is my connection: I was in Julie’s graduating class and my name at the time was Lori Clark. I now live and Reno and work in the Seismology Department at the University of Nevada, Reno. The university that you and Sam were planning on attending this coming year. We are truly all connected. I know of many families that are dealing with the heartache of loved ones at war, in recovery, and now beyond their care. I will pass this website and the article on to my friends and family to add more voices lifting up you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Blessings, Lori

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