I do not know Kate personally.  I have never met her parents or her older siblings.  I do not know any of her friends, nor have I ever been in the same place as this family.

But I have prayed for them.  The weird, cool, unique thing about the blogging world is this: we writers spill our hearts on a page for, quite literally, the whole world to see.  The cathartic outlet brings healing, encouragement, and sometimes it is a place to vent things through to a more positive conclusion.

The blogging world is where I stumbled somehow upon Kate’s story.  Hours passed, tears were dried, as I read through post after post about this one girl’s life—as communicated by her parents.

Amid the treatment plans, the prayers for wisdom, and the celebrations of her getting to go to 1st grade this year, the common theme remained: human emotions, human struggle, and the desire for wisdom and peace are consistent throughout all of our experiences.

I do not have three children.  I do not have a child fighting cancer.  I do not share many of the life circumstances of this family.  I do, however, share the same God.

“For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body–whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free–and have all be made to drink into one Spirit.  For in fact the body is not one member but many.” –I Corinthians 12:13-14

We all struggle.  We all seek wisdom.  Just because you haven’t been in the place a particular person is experiencing, doesn’t mean you can’t reach out, you can’t relate.

I write this post for one main reason: to encourage you to reach out.  I cannot use my go-to comforts for this family.  I cannot make them a meal or bake them five selections of cookies.  I can, however, pray.

Will you pray for Kate?  Or whoever God is laying on your heart right now?  It will be the most powerful thing you do for that person today.

For more on Kate’s story, check out this link: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/mcraekate

Photo by Charlotte Na

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