We all long to connect with someone who can identify with our circumstances and share in our day to day life. Prayer is just that! It’s a personal experience and intimate connection with our Heavenly Father. God’s desire is for us to have a moment by moment prayer experience. God wants us to communicate with Him like a person to person phone call.
In this day and age, we have cell phones and other devices that have become a necessity to some people in today’s society. We have Blackberries, Bluetooth devices and we even have talking computers! We find a means to use these to communicate with one or two and sometimes hundreds at the same time. For some of us, these devices are complicated to learn. It could take us several hours or days to learn how to use. For others, it can take seconds or an hour. Does this sound familiar? It does in our household. It amazes us to see how our nephews and nieces can type with two fingers on a keyboard that you can barely even see. Go figure……
Many find praying difficult. It’s really not! You don’t need any device to hook up to. You won’t have someone on the other end interrupting you. You won’t even get the call dropped because you are passing through a dead zone. So what is so difficult about praying. Many say they don’t know how to pray. Praying is like talking to your best friend! It’s easy to talk to someone when you know they love you unconditionally! One study Bible defines intercession as “holy, believing, persevering prayer whereby someone pleads with God on behalf of another or others who desperately need God’s intervention.” If we are not mistaken, we think that in the Old Testament, the Priest had their priestly intercessions between God and man. And in the New Testament, JESUS is our model of intercessory prayer. Jesus stands before God and between Him and sinful man, just as the Old Testament priests did: For there is one God, and one mediator intercessor) between God and men, the man Christ Jesus (1 Timothy 2:5). It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us (Romans 8:34). Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him since He always lives to make intercession for them (Hebrews 7:25). We believe God answers prayers. We can’t just pray out of convenience but pray because we have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and we need to talk to him every day.
Ruth received a precious gift from Miriam, one of our family members. It was a wooden cross. You are probably wondering what’s so different about this cross. The cross is shaped as if you were holding it in the palm of your hand. This “Holding Cross” has been so significant to Ruth. I remember on one of her bad days, she was asking for this cross. We immediately opened it and placed it in the palm of her hand. It brought peace and comfort as if she was holding Jesus’ hand. We decided to find out more about this wooden cross.
One afternoon, we had the privilege of speaking with Carol the owner of “Holding Cross”. She indicated that each cross is handmade. Not one is the same. It’s not even polished because the oils of Ruth’s hand is what polishes this wooden cross. Here is a little background of this wooden cross. In the fall of 2001, Carol came home after one of her Hospice visits and shared with Jack a “need” to bring something to her patients … something that could be held, something that was meaningful and something that “felt comforting”. A traditionally shaped cross was not the answer as we recognized hands that did not work “right” anymore. We focused on hands that were crippled with age or a debilitating disease that had resulted in a loss of grip and strength. And so, with a caregivers heart and the inspiration of the Spirit, The Holding Cross™ was born.
We soon learned that Holding the Cross was more than just for the sick or infirm. Reaching out to others, these Holding Crosses are being used by many different ministries. So many people receive The Holding Cross™ from a loved one or as a gift from someone they don’t even know. That personal touch while reaching out to another, in Jesus name, strikes a cord with most. It is very personal. It is heart-felt. Many that have received, in turn, begin to give to others. That care-giving cycle of reaching out to another is a simple discipleship model – one person reaching out to another in such a way that they, in turn, reach out to another. (Taken from their website HoldingCross.com).
Around this same time, Christina one of Ruth’s friends came and gave Ruth a massage. The fragrance of the lotion that Christina used for the massage brought a relaxation throughout the room. She brought Ruth several inspirational books, which these are the books we were reading to Ruth while she was in the MICU. The family wants to take this time to personally thank Christina for her generosity in her financial support as well. After so many intercessory prayers from our family and friends, we were actually seeing a miracle before our eyes.