Saturday, November 17, 2012

Peace and answered prayer

Last week I was desperate. In addition to posting on my blog, I revoked my privacy policy about Facebook, putting out a plea asking for help there, too. Several times I went to delete it, but resisted. Overnight I had over 30 friends and family reaching out and praying, each person either sharing my post on their own wall or by phone, text, or email with others. There's no telling in the end how many people were praying.

Last night I slept horribly, waking at 4AM, wondering if I would be in limbo like this for months or years, never knowing what happened to my son. At 11:41 AM I received a call from my younger son that JB had called him and he gave me the number. Hearing JB's voice, weak though it was, filled me with a joy so intense that I thought I would burst. Although I can't go into details, he is at a hospital in Los Angeles--one that I didn't know of--and has been for 2 weeks. They did not allow him phone calls or his phone.

Praise God for hearing our requests and to all the prayer warriors that battled on our behalf. The hospital seems like it is tailor-made to help him with his issues. My prayer now will be that this is so.

I am so humbled by all of you that reached out to me during a very stressful situation. 'Thank you' sounds so trite, but it's all I have. From the depths of my being I am so very grateful for your support, concern, and/or prayers.

Today I went out into the yard and snapped this dove sitting on a "wishbone" branch. Peace and a wish! How appropriate for me today. Love y'all!!!





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48 comments:

Brian King said...

That's great news, Gail! I'm glad you found out where he is and that he's getting help! I hope he recovers fully and quickly.

Beautiful shots of the sleepy dove!

Hilary said...

I'm so relieved for you, Gail. You've been in my thoughts. I hope your boy gets all the help he needs. Hugs to you.

rainfield61 said...

All prayers will be answered.

We are not alone.

Tricia Hays said...

YaY! You found him! Thank the Good Lord!!! =)

TexWisGirl said...

really glad to hear he has been found and is/has been receiving care. i know you are so relieved.

Barb said...

Thank goodness! I'm very happy for you and I hope your son recovers.

Patrice said...

So thankful that prayers were answered and here's hoping your son is on the mend, Gail.

Evelyn S. said...

I've already replied to the news on Facebook....I'm so relieved for you! And isn't it good to know that you have so many online friends who are supportive of you!

Kerry said...

Great news Gail! I hope he regains his health now, and climbs back out of whatever he's been through. What a relief.

beth said...

omg....your prayers were answered and my heart is so happy knowing that your heart is feeling better !!

it sounds like continued prayers are needed, so i'll keep them directing them your way....well to your son, while he's getting help.

big hugs and a big sigh.....xo

Life with Kaishon said...

Incredibly gorgeous! : ) WOW!
Isn't it amazing how spectacular the nature around us is?

Amy Burzese said...

I am so glad that you have heard from your son. Thoughts and prayers from here will continue for you both.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

God is good!
Thank God that you were able to speak to your son and confort your soul and ease your heart. After reading your words, you have made me more appreciate of my own. I'm so blessed. Your shot of the dove is a message from God! Peace be with you Gail! Such lovely, vivid colors.

Jacquelineand.... said...

Gail I am so happy and relieved to read this but will continue to pray for peace, strength, and support for your son, you, and your family.

What beautiful, and symbolic, photos!

Danielle said...

Oh Praise God...there is so much power in prayer...it is why God wants it to be the first thing we do and to do it continuously....I am so thankful for this news. God bless you and your family and may he surround your son with his comforting protection. I am thrilled for you!!! Love your very appropriate photos..always beautiful...God's thumbprints are all over them. Big hugs.

Deanna said...

I wanted to email you again today and ask, but thought no news meant no news, so was mighty happy to read your post. Thank God is all I can say. My prayers will continue for your son to become whole once again.

Lynn said...

Thank you is always sufficient, my dear. The power of prayer is awesome . . . the power of the internet community knows no bounds. May you rest easy tonight.

the wild magnolia said...

I always rejoice and celebrate for this kind of news! So very happy for you. Keeping him in my prayers.

Barbara Shallue said...

I was so relieved and happy to see your post on Facebook that he had been found. I can only imagine the relief and joy that you felt!! I'll pray that this is the right place for him!

Jori said...

Oh Gail! I am so relieved! Prayer works doesn't it? I hope your son recovers quickly. Sleep well tonight. xo

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Sending healing hugs to you and your son and family ~ Awesome photography ~ (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

Thanking GOD that He answered your prayers and the prayers of others. Lifting you and your family up in prayer that the lord will help direct your son's path and recovery. Praying for you that the lord will keep you strong in your faith and keep your spirit lifted.

GOD keep you strong and ease your mind.

Linda said...

Rejoicing with you and for you, Gail. God is good.

I think you snapped one too many photos of that dove. The last click interrupted its nap.

Pieces of Sunshine said...

That's such good news, a relief to everyone, especially you and your family. There are many blessings in our very connected world.

Lisa Gordon said...

This is wonderful news Gail, and I am so relieved for you and your family.
xo.

ladyfi said...

I'm so relieved for you. Wishing you peace of mind...

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Thankyou for your message this morning Gail. I am so relieved to learn that he has been tracked down and hopefully now getting all the help he needs. Take Care of yourself now,what a wonderful omen this Dove was, certainly Peace and a wish in your heart. xx

Ana Eugénio said...

yay sweetie :) I'm so happy for you. life is a constant sequence of miracles. yay :) I'm also relieved for you. xxo

EG CameraGirl said...

What a relief for you to now know where your son is and that he is receiving the help he needs.

Linda R said...

That is such great news my friend. My heart is happy for you! God is great isn't he!

Such beautiful photos. That bird looks so peaceful.

Hugs~

Rosie Nixon said...

Praise God for answered prayers Gail.

Starla said...

Oh Gail! I'm so glad you got an answer to your prayers! I will continue to keep you and your son in my thoughts and prayers. It is a tough road that we travel as parents, isn't it? It truely never ends.

I think your dove was just another sign that you are not alone in this!

hootnonny said...

So glad that you've finally spoken w/J.B. Continuing prayers for you all.

Nancy Claeys said...

I'm so sorry you had to go through this Gail. I have some nephews that put their parents through some really tough times and it's heart-wrenching for all involved.

I'm glad you located him and hope that he is on the mend. xo

Rosemary Aubut said...

Dear Gail so happy for you! My younger brother is bipolar and when we can't find him it is because he has checked himself into a hospital! usually because he has to face an issue that he is afraid of and the hospital is safer!
The photos are beautiful!

Rosemary Aubut said...

Dear Gail so happy for you! My younger brother is bipolar and when we can't find him it is because he has checked himself into a hospital! usually because he has to face an issue that he is afraid of and the hospital is safer!
The photos are beautiful!

Stewart M said...

Thats really great news - just goes to show that social media can work in a good way as well!

Nice shots of the doves.

Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

Dave said...

Gail I also am glad for you that you have heard from your son and now know where he is. You must be at least relieved that you now know, though he is not well. I wish for you that he improves very soon - Dave

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I'm so glad he is being cared for! I hope that he gets whatever help he needs and stays in a safe place. Huge hugs to you!

Ana Eugénio said...

thank you for being such a sweet friend dear Gail :) xxo

Renae said...

WONDERFUL NEWS GAIL, WONDERFUL NEWS!!

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Gail, that is such good news. I am so glad that you know where he is and that he is getting help. I cannot imagine how tortuous it was to just not know.

Buttons said...

Oh Gail I am so happy to hear this I truly believe in prayer and everyone coming together making things happen. I am so happy for you I have tears in my eyes. He will get the help he needs and you can just take those beautiful photos of a world that truly cares and loves you. HUGS B

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Oh Thank goodness! Perfect pictures to represent the hope for peace and joy for your dear son (and for you!).

Kerri said...

I can't imagine what you had been going thru!
Very happy for you!!

Tabor said...

Terrific symbolism and stunning photography! Thankful for the good turning point in your life.

Larry said...

This is great news Gail. I'm glad to hear that your son is in a safe place and being cared for. Your beautiful photos of the Mourning Dove convey the peace you must be feeling now.

Holly said...

Your pictures are in a word - stunning. And so thankful your son is okay.