most 16 year olds are thinking about getting their driver’s license, whether or not they are going to get a car, what to wear to the school dance… the usual.
not jade. jade is in a fight for her life. just a very short time ago she was diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer. she is undergoing excruciating amounts of chemo after a 9 pound tumor was removed… her last concern is her driver’s license… her main concern is her hair.
jade plans to have a lime green bob when it’s her turn to choose her wig. you can see from the photo that jade loves lime green… and that people love jade.
she came home a couple of days ago from a week in the hospital where she went through her first rounds of chemo… miraculously, gloriously she felt great today. when she should’ve felt really crappy… she didn’t. (thanks you Lord)
and it was a really good thing because she had lots of company to entertain… two buses of students from her school, Hendersonville Christian Academy, came to pray and post hearts on a stick in the yard (they had drawn and written on them), countless lime green balloons dotted the yard and signs. a wishing well was a gathering place for gifts and cards and gift cards… cupcakes were distributed to visitors… it is a sweet 16 after all! lisa lovins was on a mission to bring the party to jade, and that she did…
small photos on magnets were given to those who would commit to pray.
bracelets that say “jade’s jewels” were sold as a fundraiser, you see, jade’s small group started this project… they are calling themselves jade’s jewels.
crosses were tied to a tree, each with it’s own prayer.
literally hundreds of people swarmed the home and promised faithful prayer… i believed them.
i believe that people are prepared to walk this walk with their friends, and implore the Great Physician on behalf of Jade.
that’s what’s so great about believers. and being a Christian. we have hope. we have a promise of a future. and we have a father who knows us and cares for our hearts when we don’t know what we need.
i have no idea how people that do not know him… and do not have prayer… walk through one minute of one day… nevermind walk through the valley that comes with cancer… no idea.
thankfully, the coomers know my God. and he loves them more than any of the people that fled the lawn today.
i believe that.