Praying for a Brother

Dr. Rich Holdeman, pastor of the Bloomington Reformed Presbyterian Church, contributor here at Gentle Reformation, and a dearly loved brother, just announced recently he has been diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia.  Though we want to respect the family’s privacy, we want to acknowledge our concern here for Rich and his wife Amy and their four daughters as well as seeking the prayers of the saints on their behalf.

Though this illness is a very serious one, may we pray that God would raise this faithful servant up from it like he did Epaphroditus (Philippians 2:25-30).  To paraphrase Paul, may God have mercy on him, and not on him only but also on us, so that we would not have sorrow upon sorrow.

4 Comments

  1. Benjamin P. Glaser March 25, 2013 at 3:26 pm #

    Praying

  2. Karen Baumgardner March 25, 2013 at 8:04 pm #

    My favorite verse in times of uncertainty is Psalm 112:6 ” He does not fear bad news, nor live in dread of what may happen but is settled in his mind that Jehovah will take care of him.” Praying this not just for Rich but also for his wife and family.

  3. Donna Lochridge March 28, 2013 at 5:21 pm #

    “A very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1 Religion is never so valuable as in seasons of trouble, sickness, or death. Then we want something which nature cannot supply; and this something true religion presents. Our God is our help in trouble. He helps us to bear it. He helps us to improve it. He helps us through it. His choicest communications and sweetest manifestations are afforded in times of trial and distress. Believer, your God is your refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. He is never nearer than when you fancy that He stands afar off; He is never kinder than when you think He has shut up His lovingkindness in displeasure. Do not doubt His love. Do not mistake His dealings. Do not listen to His foe. Do not forget His Word. But remember, if trouble comes, grace comes with it; and your God is present to help you to rise above it, and to derive solid advantage from it. Believe, when you cannot see. Trust, when you do not feel. Wait, when you do not receive a message from God. Your good is consulted in every trouble, and your God will be glorified by every trial. The Lord of hosts is with you; the God of Jacob is your refuge. Therefore fear not, neither be dismayed.
    ~ James Smith ~ Pastor from the 1800’s ~ Our prayers are with you as we stand in the gap for you Pastor Rich.

  4. Lori McCracken April 21, 2013 at 11:08 am #

    Thank you for those good words of instruction/reminder (above) from James Smith. (They need to go up on my refrigerator.) Praying for you and your family and friends and congregation, Rich. ~Lori McC

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