Emily’s Sermon

NEW UPDATE: 8/28/10

Thanks to those who have been praying for Emily Grace! Her surgery on Monday went well, and though it has been a long week of recovery, with a few complications along the way, she is on the upswing & doing well! Just wanted to give that little update in case you were wondering!

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Our sermon in church today was excellent, but truth be told, we didn’t really need it today.

Why? Because of Emily Grace’s offertory.

You may remember my post from a couple of years ago, asking for prayers for Emily Grace, a precious little girl from our church who was facing surgery to correct a hole in her heart.

To give you a little background, Emily is a 12 year old who has faced many, many different medical challenges over the years because of the way that her body was designed.  She is a sweet, outgoing little girl, blond and petite, with a bright smile and joy that just radiates from her.  And she loves, loves, LOVES Jesus. And she loves to sing about him.

Tomorrow morning she is facing a huge surgery. Because of her worsening scoliosis, doctors will be fusing a rod to the top of her spine and another one to the bottom of her spine, with a telescoping rod in between. For the next several years, she will be facing surgery every 6 months to lengthen the middle rod, so that her spine will be straightened. But tomorrow is the “big” surgery. It has only been performed a handful of times, and the other physical challenges in Emily’s body make it somewhat more complicated than it would be for most.

This morning Emily sang the offertory at our church service. The song was called “Still I Sing”, and was all about continuing to praise Jesus even in “the dark & cold”. And with all she has been through, she knows the dark and cold. She sang it in her sweet little voice with poise and confidence. It was absolutely beautiful. I was a blubbering mess about 3 lines in. It was a beautiful example of childlike faith in the midst of suffering that many would lead many to question and despair.

So, as you can see, we didn’t really need a sermon today. That could have been it.

Will you take a moment and join me in praying for sweet Emily Grace and her surgery tomorrow (Monday) morning at 8:00 am CST? For protection and healing and success? And would you pray also for her sweet mom & dad & little brother?

Here are the lyrics to the song she sang this morning…I pray you are touched by them as I was!

STILL I SING
When your thoughts and plans for me,
Are beyond what I can see.
When things aren’t what I hoped they’d be,
I know you still care for me.

Still I sing when it’s dark and cold,
Songs of hope, rise within my soul.
When I am in trouble, still I sing.

Still I sing so the world will know,
You are here, and You’re in control.
Whatever may happen, still I sing.
Still I sing.

I have put my faith in You.
When I’m down, You pull me through.
When I am weak, Lord, You are strong.
I trust in You and sing Your song.

Still I sing when it’s dark and cold,
Songs of hope, rise within my soul.
When I am in trouble, still I sing.

Still I sing so the world will know,
You are here, and You’re in control.
Whatever may happen, still I sing.
Still I sing.

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