Our bedroom wall is blanketed with color like a forest canopy in mid-autumn. But the leaves on this tree are not multi-colored due to a drop in temperature. Although they do reflect a change in season, these neon pieces of paper reflect an internal–versus external–shift in climate. The sticky-notes that spatter our walls are symbolic of my wife’s fervent prayers. They represent her passion and her belief. They symbolize the virtue that is stored within her.
After each report on Jesher’s progress, Lhorraine will return home and immediately add a request to her prayer tree. Each piece of lined stationary chronicles one of Jesher’s needs. They also carry a transcription of a Bible promise that speaks to the corresponding concern. This prayer tree grows taller by the week. Its branches expand their reach day-by-day. Its roots extend their fingers hour-by-hour, and its trunk expends its strength minute-by-minute.
The prayer tree has flourished because it is daily watered by Lhorraine’s tears. For every leaf, she releases twelve tears. The tears run from her face and enter the ground–each one doing its part to nurture the rhizomes which carry the nutrients to the colorful foliage. Once the tears are received, each leaf attempts to capture the light cascading from our bedroom window, hoping the “The Father of Lights” will notice their message and answer. Like a cloud, my wife pours herself out to nurture her prayer tree. Like a child, I watch with amazement as the tree grows higher and higher.
Lhorraine’s prayer tree is a flourishing monument to a mother’s faith. Like Hannah, the Biblical prophet’s mother, Lhorraine’s authentic prayers created a pathway for our son’s birth. Like the Shunammite woman, the Biblical prophet’s hostess, my wife now petitions God to heal our priceless gift. Lhorraine truly does have the faith of a mustard seed. The proof is in the growth of her prayer tree. So I completely expect for our NICU mountain to soon be moved and thrown into the sea.
Here is Jesher’s current medical report:
HEART–Jesher’s PDA [Patent ductus arteriosus] is still open. Thus far, he has not had complications that are forcing the doctors to address it, so they are still hoping the valve closes on its own. If the PDA does not close on its own, Jesher will have to have it surgically closed. We are asking the Lord to close the PDA for Jesher, allowing him to avoid the stress and risk of heart surgery. PLEASE ASK YAHWEH TO CLOSE JESHER’S PDA WITH HIS MIGHTY HAND; PRAY THAT JESHER WOULD BE DELIVERED FROM NEEDING HEART SURGERY.
BLOOD–Jesher’s blood platelets are not decreasing, but they also aren’t increasing. His doctors have done four or five tests seeking to find an answer for why he is struggling to maintain his blood platelet levels. We believe the most likely reason for this is immature bone marrow. With healthy, matured bone matter, Jesher will be able to produce platelets at the expected level. PLEASE ASK THE LORD TO HEAL JESHER’S MARROW, MIRACULOUSLY MATURING SO THAT IT MIGHT PRODUCE GOOD FRUIT IN DUE SEASON.
WEIGHT–Jesher had a pretty significant loss in weight on yesterday. For a little guy of his size, the loss of of a couple dozen grams is eye-brow raising. He needs the weight to support proper bone, muscle, and organ development. Now, the weight loss could have been caused by the suppositories he is receiving to improve his colon function (they are resulting in pretty large bowel movements which is great for his intestine health but could also cause weight-loss–like a colon cleanse for adults). PLEASE ASK GOD TO HELP JESHER PUT ON GOOD WEIGHT AT A BEAUTIFUL RATE…ASK HIM TO GIVE JESHER HIS ‘BABY FAT.’
Daily, I choose to believe that Yahweh has taken notice of Lhorraine’s prayer tree and bottled every one of her tears. However, no occasion so greatly challenges my faith like watching my wife cultivate her prayer tree. I have often asked questions like, “Does God hear her? Does God care about her great sorrow? Does God see her suffering? Will God relieve her torment?” I still ask these questions, and I’m still waiting to see how Yahweh answers them. But in the meantime, I will continue to sit under the shade of Lhorraine’s prayer tree, knowing that its fruit is nourishing our son.
“You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle.
You have recorded each one in your book.” Psalms 56:8
12 thoughts on “Lhorraine’s Prayer Tree”
Michael and Lhoraine,
God hears, God cares, God sees, and God will release! I am confident of this.
Your faith is a daily inspiration to me.
“Let us not grow weary in well doing, for in due season we shall reap if we faint not”
Such a beautiful tree! I’m adding my prayers leaves also!
I’m praying daily for your baby and you and your wife. U know that our God is answering our prayers. Just always believe.
Mike and Lhorraine,
I was touched by the thought that each leaf on the prayer tree is watered by 12 of Lhorraine’s tears. As I read Mike’s moving update, I was listening to “Angels Watching Over Me” by Virtue. The lyrics from the song remind us that Holy beings in the unseen world join us by maintaining a loving, protective 24-hour vigil over Jesher.
“They encamp all around me
So I have no fear
They tell me He loves me
Whisper in my ear
It means the world to me
To have them near
These are my angels, over me”
I know that Jesher’s Guardian Angel adds his warm tears to nourish the prayer tree; and constantly whispers to Jesher “God loves you!”
How vivid a picture in my mind’s eye. A mother’s tears and prayers moisturizing a beautiful prayer tree. I believe that most people that finally see Christ at the second advent will have been borne, maintained, and propelled by the tears and prayers of a loving mother. Jesher will be no exception. Lhorraine, I am weeping and praying with you. Watering your tree virtually. Hugs. Thea
Beautiful Pastor Mike. My heart aches for you and Lhorraine however, Immediately my thoughts went to a children’s book written by Margaret Wise Brown, “Goodnight Moon.” Though Jesher is not yet old enough to say good night to all of the items that will be in his room, I can actually visualize him going through this activity.
God got it!!
Love 💗 hugs 🤗 and prayer 🙏🏾 for your family. Mb
Our tears are falling too, to water the tree. Our prayers are leaves too, invisible, but joining the growing wall collection. Our prayers are for courage to face today, and that special peace and presence that God seems to send mostly in hard times and suffering. May He sustain you both today. May the Sabbath restore your souls.
And, another old hymn to comfort you….
He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength when the labors increase;
To added afflictions He addeth His mercy,
To multiplied trials, His multiplied peace.
When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources
Our Father’s full giving is only begun.
Fear not that thy need shall exceed His provision,
Our God ever yearns His resources to share;
Lean hard on the arm everlasting, availing;
The Father both thee and thy load will upbear.
His love has no limits, His grace has no measure,
His power no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.
All the forces on this planet, will never beat that of a mother’s love. What a conniving double edged sword pain is, breaking and binding us concurrently. You are blessed of the Lord, Sis and no good thing will He withhold from you. Sending my thoughts, love and prayers to your heart, Sis. ❤️
Gods sees the falling tears and he heals them when they fall. God is seeing Lhorraine’s tears and He cries along with her. He still cares and He is very close to you Pastor Mike and your wife. He will soon move that mountain out of your life. Hold on to His promises for they are true.
Our merciful LORD is also very compassionate. He cannot resist a contrite heart. And He will not resist Lhorraine’s tears. He will gift her a healthy baby as with no deficits. I am certain of it and I am praying that He grants her request. He will do it for His own name’s sake.
You are not alone!
What a beautiful expression of prayer from a mother of faith. A mother who believes in what God WILL do for her child. I join Lhorraine in her faith journey and pray for Jesher’s needs daily. Jesher IS wonderfully made!