UPDATE: Visit BadgerCatholic for more detailed information on this disturbing case. And please, continue to pray!
As Christians, we know and believe that when we suffer, God cries and suffers right along with us. Our pains are His pains as well. Day after day we lift up our hearts in prayers of supplication, begging Him to work through our suffering and bring joy to our hearts, strength to our spirits and growth to our souls. We believe that He listens to our prayers and in His great love does all He can to help us cope with our pain and bring about resolutions for our struggles.
Every now and then, a story of someone in need of much prayer really touches my heart and I not only want to join in prayer for those who suffer, but I want to ask others to pray as well. Many loving prayers just have to be more effective than a single prayer of desperation. We are all the body of Christ, after all, and when one part suffers, we all suffer. Why should our "Prayers of the Faithful" be limited to those that are shared at Mass? Why can't we offer our petitions for one another all day long in the hopes that God will bring our much desired answer to light?
In the spirit of praying for the needs of others, I ask you to please join me in prayer for a Milwaukee area family that is struggling through a very difficult situation involving a child who may be in danger.
Sarah is the seven-year-old daughter of Stephanie who recently lost custody of her daughter to Sarah's father who has moved her to another state. Sarah's life may be in great danger as past visits with her father have left her suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. It is unknown what type of life Sarah endures while staying with her father as the family is currently not allowed to have any contact with Sarah, but the outlook appears to be grim and Stephanie and her family are deeply worried.
I ask you to please hold Sarah and Stephanie in your prayers in a special way. Pray for Sarah's safety and for Stephanie's strength to cope with the great torment of this situation until it is favorably resolved. And please pray for all families who struggle with violence and custody issues.
"And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus." ~Philippians 4:7