Many of you know Susan Howard who has been a part of our church family for a couple of years now. Susan was diagnosed with Leukemia and she was admitted into Presbyterian / St. Lukes hospital on November 8, 2013 to undergo treatment. On January 28, 2014, Susan received a stem cell transplant and she asked me to come to the hospital and offer a blessing. Susan is at home now, recovering and I am so very grateful to God for the healing work he is doing and for the honor of knowing such a courageous woman! Here is the blessing I shared at the hospital that day…
2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come; the old has gone, the new is here!”
When God gets a hold of our hearts and a mustard seed of faith is born in us, the Scriptures say our lives are grafted into the life of Christ, and we have new life. What is happening here today is a physical picture of this spiritual process. These stem cells from a healthy donor represent the potential for new life. For Susan, the old is gone, and today, the new has come. Let the grafting now begin, and the new life flourish.
The journey to today has been long and costly in every way. Although we never would’ve chosen such a painful stripping away of physical health for you, your story is helping us live more courageously, and we thank you for that gift. Susan, we love you and we are cheering you on.
The psalmist says, “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Let’s pray together.
Most merciful God, Creator and Sustainer of Life, You are the fountain and source of all life. We come before you humbled by your great gift of life. In your infinite love, you comprised us of tiny cells and gave them the power to sustain, heal and renew. For giving scientists, physicians and nurses the knowledge to transplant healthy cells for others’ well being, we give you thanks. For providing Susan’s stem cell donor in Canada, we give you thanks. For the loving support of family and friends, we give you thanks. For having brought us to this special day, we give you thanks.
You are the Great Healer and Physician, and we acknowledge that all healing comes from you. Bless these stems cells; bring your healing and new life to Susan starting today. May Susan trust not only in the power you’ve given these stem cells to heal, but also in your invitation to spiritual rebirth. Give Susan patience and hope as she waits for the restoration of her body, mind and spirit. Please send your Spirit upon these cells, blessing them with your love and healing power so that they bring about full and complete restoration to Susan’s body. In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit we pray, AMEN.