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Standing in the Gap

There are four hours and three mountain passes between us.

Which might as well be four time zones and three continents.

Because when she needs me, it seems I’m here.  Not there.


And helpless.


And tied to things that…that hardly matter.


And praying.

If she texted, “Come,” I would drop it all.  I would arrange for this kid to go here and that one there.  I would leave notes about stuff that should be done, stuff the calendar says is important.  I would scrawl my I-love-yous and my I’ll-miss-yous on a piece of paper and rip it from the notebook.

If she said, “I need you here,” I would charge out of the garage–right now–with the mini van and be there.  In four hours.  Plus a stop for gas.

But in the meantime…

I am praying.  I am praying for my sister, the one for whom my heart breaks.  And her husband.  And her boys–my nephews–all four of them.  Who need a miracle.  Who need God to march on their behalf.

And Truth to prevail.

Oh…bring them peace, Jesus.

While I pray.


3 Responses to “Standing in the Gap”

  1. Linda H says:

    I will also be praying for peace and comfort for your sister and her family. If there is anything I can do to help you and yours please let me know.

  2. Sara says:

    For some reason, for the first time ever, I decided to tell Chris this evening about how your writing put mine to shame. So I started to read your blog entries. The tears rolled down both our cheeks as we stumbled upon this one. I could hardly read it out loud. We had no idea that we would rate such unbelievable compassion. We are humbled. “Savior, he can move the mountains, our God is mighty to save, he is mighty to save” keeps banging around in my head today. I respond to hardly anything, but this takes our breath away. Thank you Jeanne. Now lets watch HIS mercy unfold….. Love you. S

    • jeanne says:

      Yes! I can’t wait to look back and see God’s hand everywhere–it may not be obvious now, but He is moving mountains. Right now. Today. For you. He loves you so much…and so do I.

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