Pray for Shirley

David McFarland writing on behalf of Shirley:

Some of you may know that Shirley has been having worrying health issues for some months. On the other hand, you may not know for she has bravely and quietly battled on waiting for appointments and medical intervention, knowing it could take months.

In a remarkable providence from God she was able to see a consultant yesterday and he has confirmed that she has a blocked artery that is in urgent need of intervention. She is in a Belfast hospital and will be there until next week awaiting a transfer to another hospital to have the procedure carried out. I am not sharing which hospital she is in because only family visiting is allowed. Shirley must rest.

The purpose of this message is to ask firstly for your prayers. These are difficult days for Shirley and Hamilton; Hamilton is in Romania until Sunday. Shirley knows she is in the Lord’s hands and is at peace but any time in hospital brings anxiety. It is crucial that she remains calm and peaceful while she waits. Pray for that and for a successful medical procedure next week.

I want also to ask for something really important. Shirley gets dozens of emails daily and you know how she replies personally to each one. Please do not email her because she has no access to them and anyhow is not fit to respond. This will be the case for some time and even after she gets home it will be some time before she is able to do anything like what she has done before. I know you will want her to recover and we know how much she longs to be able to do what she once did. So please do not send emails for the foreseeable future. I will keep you informed.

We commit Shirley to the Lord for his grace and healing touch.. Thank you for fellowship with her and Hamilton at this time.

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“My heart and my strength may fail but the Lord is the strength of my heart and my portion for ever.” Psalm 73:26

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