Sunday, December 16, 2012

A Prayer For the Reed Family And Friends Update

This is a post I wrote on January 4, 2011. I am posting once again here on September 27, 2012. I am now giving you all an update.

Beth fought a long battle with cancer. Friends, she has gained victory. She went home to be with her Savior Saturday December 15. Her journey has not ended, but in many ways has just begun. Her legacy will live on in the lives of all that loved her. She touched many through her contagious giving heart. She was a woman of God. She walked in faith and she is now seeing her Savior face to face. Praise Jesus!

Beth's memorial will be held on Wednesday, December 18th at 10:00am at Bethel Baptist Church. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 2:00-8:00pm on December 17th at Russel Funeral home in St. Clair, Missouri.

Friends, I am asking that you pray for Beth's dear family during this time. This morning she is in heaven with Jesus Christ, her Savior. There are times He heals us here on earth and others that He brings complete healing in heaven. Beth has not lost her battle, but has gained complete healing in the arms of Jesus. She is victorious in her battle!  She leaves a legacy of  inspiration to live strong in faith and to walk with grace as we travel this unknown journey. Beth would tell you that no matter the circumstance you face, Jesus is your strength, and with Him all things are possible. Just thinking of her brings a smile to my face. We will miss her sweet face while we are on this earth, but one day we will meet up again and sing praises together in all of God's glory.

Below is Beth's story and the address to her home church if you would like to share a card with the family or just share words of comfort. Blessings to those who have prayed and I am so grateful for your prayers.

To the entire Reed family my heart and prayers are with you.

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I am asking you to please join me in prayer for Beth and to please share this prayer so that the floors of heaven will be saturated. As Christians, as prayer warriors, God calls us to pray for those in need. Can you imagine if we all come together in prayer, just what will happen? God is so good and prayer carries His mighty strength.

You may say, "I don't know, Beth", but friend, if you did, you would call her friend. She is quiet and has a tender spirit. I can tell you, she loves the Green Bay Packers! As our ladies at church have gathered for many destinations, Beth is always that lady who speaks up and says, "I'll drive". She has a heart filled with compassion and she is always ready to do the Lord's work.

She is a friend who needs a miracle. A friend who is my sister in Christ. She is part of my church, which makes her family. We have attended church together for years now. I have watched her children grow into adulthood, to have the same loving heart as their momma.

Beth Reed is a woman of God, a wife, a mother, sister, grandmother and friend. Beth is fighting a battle. Her battle is cancer. Although Beth has fought many battles throughout her life. I am sure if you asked her, she would say this by far is the greatest she has ever faced.

Beth is blessed as she is surrounded by her husband, Gordon, and all her children. This is one of the sweetest, most giving families I know. Beth is quiet and content. She is a giver and servant of God. She is a woman I admire. I cannot imagine the trial that Beth and her family are enduring. But I do know where her strength comes from. Beth is rooted in her faith in Christ. Does that mean she isn't fearful? Not at all. Who wouldn't be? But, Beth faces her fear head on. She is fighter. She knows that Christ is her strength. He is her Refuge.

I cannot imagine the burdens that this family are carrying today, but Jesus does. He knows the trials that are touching them. As you can see, I first posted this a year ago in January. This has been a long battle. A journey not expected, but one that has been traveled by this sweet and tender family.

She is an inspiration for those watching her face this battle she did not ask for. Beth isn't that girl who asks, "Why me, Lord?" She is that woman who says, "Okay, what now, Lord?"

I am asking you, my friends, I am begging you, to pray for Beth and her family. To lay them at the foot of the cross and ask God to bring healing to their hurting hearts. To wash them in His mighty strength and surround them with a love that is greater than any mountain to be crossed, along with peace that surpasses all understanding. Encouragement and inspiration as they face each day. Pray that God's blessings be showered upon them as they close their eyes each night. Pray for God's will in Beth's life. This is the prayer she would ask for. Pray for healing from this cancer that rages throughout her body. This disease has taken its toll on her body. She is tired. Beth is weary, but she isn't giving up. She knows God is faithful and true and she can trust in His promises. She too knows that He is in control.

Beth, as part of  your church family who loves you, we lift you up in prayer. As your friend, I send  encouragement, love and hugs your way. As your sister, my heart is with you. I hope you know just how loved you are.  You are an example to us all.

It would be a tremendous blessing if you could reach out to Beth. As you can imagine her family has a great many needs right now. Please send Beth Reed a card. Here is the address of our church. As you send a card here, it will be given to the Reed family.
Bethel Baptist Church
569 Bethel Church Road
Lonedell, MO. 63060

"Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of His understanding. He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint." Isaiah 40:28-31


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