An update on Tuesday 8/27: Yesterday, precious Kaden Isaiah Stone went to be with Jesus after 21 short days on earth. Our She Reads Truth family is mourning and hurting for our amazing friend Diana and her family. We are clinging to God’s promises for her and lifting her up continually. Join us?
I’ve never seen Jesus raise the dead but I’ve seen him raise the all-but-dead.
I’ve sat in the ICU conference room and listened as the doctor spoke slowly, taking care to keep his words gentle but firm, as he told us the sure verdict. My father’s organs were shutting down one by one, he explained. The others would follow until death had overcome him. We should prepare ourselves. We should call in family. It would be days now, at most.
I’ve stared into the aching eyes of a dear friend as she held her weeks-old daughter up to me, the sweet one’s skin gone gray and her body lying still in her mama’s arms. She did not speak the words but I could hear it in her eyes. It’s here. This may be the last time you see my daughter alive.
And then we took my daddy home for another hard, beautiful year.
And then the baby girl lived and lives still, one year and counting.
The doctors said, Prepare yourselves. It is their job, after all. But God said, No not yet. It is not yet time.
And the pray-ers rejoiced in the One who is mighty to save. And all who watched could not help but believe that there is a God who is good. A God who lives. A God who loves. A God who heals bodies and hearts and souls, who causes the dead to live. A God who is for them.
These are the stores I cannot shake. These are the moments I plead before that same God, the one in whom I do believe (Oh, help my unbelief!) and my soul cries loud, Oh, do that again!
Do it again, Lord.
Raise Kaden Isaiah Stone to life.
Breathe air into his lungs.
Pump blood through his heart.
Speak to him with your voice and say, “Little boy, arise!”
Pour your spirit over him until every cell teems with life.
Bring him back to us.
Give his mama a son to hold here on earth. Give his sister a brother to love. Give his daddy a boy to raise into a man.
Have mercy, O God, have mercy.
Raise the dead to life again.
Will you join me in continually lifting Sam, Diana, Bella and Kaden Stone before God in prayer?
You may sign up for a 10-minute slot in the round-the-clock prayer watch for Kaden here.
You may donate funds to support the Stone family’s tangible needs here.
To all of who who are praying, following and giving, thank you for holding up the arms of these beloved friends. Thank you.
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Photo of Kaden’s tiny toes and photo of Sam, Bella and Kaden via Diana’s instagram feed.
Photo of Sam and Diana by Kaden’s hospital bed via Ashley at Ounces of Hope Photography. You can see more beautiful photos of her visit with the Stone family on her blog.