WISDOM
If You Tell Me, Then I Will Know

08/04/2021

Have you ever received a prayer request and then after some time passes, wondered how the person is doing? Our church sent out a prayer request for Kim, who has cancer. Last week, she gave us an update and it was so helpful to read about her cancer journey.

She wrote to us:

“Last week was rough. I had more fatigue the week after chemo. Sores on my tongue made eating and talking difficult. Thankfully, I was able to get a prescription mouthwash that worked wonders. That said, I would like you to join me in thanking God that I continue to tolerate the chemo well and the side effects, while not pleasant, are manageable. I am also so very grateful to be feeling good this week! I have my PET Scan on Wednesday. Please pray that the scan shows a dramatic reduction of cancer.”

I know that not everyone is able to provide a written update. In those cases, perhaps a family member or close friend can provide updates using a service such as Caring Bridge. When we know, we fold in the specifics into our prayer, which is such an important Caregiving Basic.

If You Tell Me, Then I Will Know

Kim’s story inspired me to write this poem.

If you tell me, then I will know.
I will know how to pray.

We have a prayer chain at church
and I get an email
with your prayer request.

So I start praying for you. . .

But as the days pass, I wonder:
how you are doing?
are you well?
should I just keep praying
         forever.
So please tell me, then I will know.
            Share an update.
             Share specific future prayer requests.
 If you tell me, then I will know.

Thank you, Kim, for sharing your story with us. May it inspire those who are suffering to reach out so that caring individuals can support them.

One thought on “If You Tell Me, Then I Will Know”

Comments are welcome! To keep this space safe and constructive, all are reviewed prior to publishing. If this post helped you, consider sharing it through social media; you never know who may need these words.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.