I was posting and reading statuses on Facebook tonight when I got a private message from a lady I'd known several years ago when I owned a newspaper in Owensboro, KY. She reminded me of who she was and also shared that I had done a story on her niece when she was Kentucky's Teacher of the Year. My mind reeled. A decade-plus had flown by since then.
Beth Critchelow was a precious young teacher. She loved her students so much. She was full of enthusiasm and excitement. Her desires were that no child would ever fall through the cracks without learning what they needed to know to move forward in the educational system. She was one of those teachers you wanted your child to get every single year of they went to school. Suffice it to say, Beth touched my life.
Now, her aunt was asking that I pray for Beth's husband Jerry. He has lung and pancreas cancer. He is a veteran who lives in Hawesville, KY. They have the pancreas under control at the moment but he must begin chemo and treatment for his lungs. Would you join me in praying for this young 49-year-old vet?
Beth's aunt Jane asked me to share this prayer request with every Christian I know. So here I am. Coming to all of you. I have a soft spot in my heart for military men and women. I know they've sacrificed so much for us to be free. Today, all I am asking is that you'd give a little time...a few moments to lift Jerry in prayer that he might be free from the cancer that seeks to destroy him. Thanks so much.
Father, in Heaven, we honor You and give You praise for all You are. We know that we are but vapors in this world and our lives are in Your care. We know You are the Great Physician. We ask that You be with Jerry and Beth and their family in this time of dire need. Give him strength for this battle. Give his family comfort and peace. Let the treatments be successful that You may be glorified. Amen