Friday, December 30, 2011

Prayer request please....

A family in our ward just found out their 6 year old son Caleb has Burkitt's lymphoma a very aggressive cancer. Fortunately it is treatable, but because of the nature of the cancer, the treatment will be intense and aggressive as well. This cute family has some tough times ahead.

I think it has hit me hard this week because I too have a 6 year old son who is friends with Caleb. Caleb has been to our house to play, he has a smile and energy that light up a room. He has so much personality and charisma. In fact he reminds me a lot of my 6 year old personality wise, they both have a gleam in their eye and a disarming smile. Caleb is strong and will get through this.

Please keep their family in your prayers and thoughts as they have been thrown into a very hot fire. Below is a story about some women in a Bible study group who learned more about the "refiner's fire". It is beautiful and has helped me multiple times..... my dear friend Lisa (who has been in the center of the refiner's fire for years) introduced me to it several years ago.

The Refiner's Fire---Author unknown

There was a group of women in a Bible study on the book of Malachi. As they were studying chapter three they came across verse three which says, "He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver." This verse puzzled the women and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God.

One of the women offered to find out about the process of refining silver and get back to the group at their next Bible study. That week the woman called up a silversmith and made an appointment to watch him at work. She didn't mention anything about the reason for her interest in silver beyond her curiosity about the process of refining silver. As she watched the silversmith, he held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up. He explained that, in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest so as to burn away all the impurities.

The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot - then she thought again about the verse, that He sits as a refiner and purifier of silver. She asked the silversmith if it was true that he had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time the silver was being refined. The man answered that yes, he not only had to sit there holding the silver, but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire. For if the silver was left even a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed.

The woman was silent for a moment. Then she asked the silversmith, "How do you know when the silver is fully refined?" He smiled at her and answered, "Oh, that's the easy part -- when I see my image reflected in it."

If today you are feeling the heat of the fire, remember that God has His eye on you and will keep His hand on you and watch over you until He sees His image in you. AUTHOR UNKNOWN


Wendi said...

Thanks for sharing that story. I really appreciated reading it again. :)

Kathleen said...

That is a beautiful story. Sending prayers to Caleb and his family.

Erin Camp said...

I don't know the family, but will certainly keep them in our prayers. These sweet little people are coming down with such strong spirits. They teach US so much about the Refiner's Fire don't they? I hope all goes well for this little guy and his family.