An ugly, snot cry… followed by a little prayer. I did it, and would appreciate it if you would too.

There is a little 6 year old girl in Arizona named Kate McRae. She looks a bit like Grant. I’m partial to blond haired blue eyed kids with twinkles in their eyes.

Literally, as I type this post, Kate is being put under general anesthesia. She is being put under because it is too much to ask of a 6 year old (or probably anyone) to hold perfectly still for a two hour PET Scan. Kate is having the scan so that her doctors can see how bad her brain tumor is. Again.

You can go here to read updates on Kate.

Yes, she reminds me of my own child.
Yes, as a parent I can’t even imagine what her parents are going through.
Yes, as a Christian I believe in the power of prayer, and that the Lord hears our petitions.
Yes, any situation like this would affect me.

Yes to all of those things. But this is what has gotten to me and stuck with me. From her mother’s online journal:
“I wept as we talked about heaven and she softly said, “mom, I don’t want to go without you, I would miss you way too much.” “And I don’t want you to go without me either baby.” And then the question again that pierces our hearts daily, “Why hasn’t Jesus used his power yet? He’s so much stronger than cancer, why?” So again we talked, and cried some more. We ended the conversation with her whispering in my ear, “I will love you no matter what.” I had to go to my room to cry alone.

So we ask you to intercede. We know Jesus can heal our daughter. And we will not stop asking for that healing for Kate. Please join us. We are still praying that the spots will disappear for the PET scan. We are still begging for a lifetime with our sweet daughter.”

As a mother, that just kind of rips my heart out. If you are so inclined, please pray for this family.


  1. says

    this is heartbreaking. so cruel and so unfair. this kind of thing makes me question so much, and wish things were more fair in life. wah. i am hoping for the best.

  2. says

    Now I’m ugly crying. I can’t image what that must be like for a parent…I mean all we can do is just try to put ourselves in their place and that in itself just makes me hurt and cry. I’m definitely praying for Kate…and her mom, definitely her mom…and the rest of her family.

  3. says

    Great. Now I’m crying. Excellent.
    And, I think I’ll go hug my 4 perfectly healthy children, and thank Heaven they are!

    Sending up a prayer (or 3) for Kate and her family…

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