Having Hope When it Hurts
On June 17, Kevin and Nicole Penner dedicated their little baby boy, Aaron, to God in a room at the Winnipeg Children’s Hospital. Below is their dedication prayer for their son; it is a prayer filled with desperation, love, and hope. It is a powerful declaration of faith in the midst of heartache and pain.
“Strong and faithful Father, our hearts break for Aaron. Sometimes it’s hard to breath and it feels like our strength is gone. This situation doesn’t make sense to us, Aaron is so innocent and vulnerable we don’t understand why this is happening. Help us to trust you with Aaron’s life with every aspect of this situation. Keep us from attempting to rely on our own understanding because there is no way to understand this. Help us to trust you with all of our heart and not just part of it. We acknowledge that everything in the heavens and Earth – everything that is precious to us including Aaron belongs to you (Proverbs 3:5-6). This kingdom is not ours and we recognize you are in control of everything (1 Chronicles 29:11). Your ways are higher than our ways, Your thoughts are higher than our thoughts (Isaiah 55:8-10, Romans 11:33-34). You are good, loving and faithful. You do no evil or wrong. You understand our pain. We pray for strength when we are weary and perseverance to never give up. Help us to keep our eyes glued to Jesus who perfects our faith. We depend on Him to hold us together no matter what comes.
Lord, we love and adore Aaron, thank you for entrusting Aaron to us. It is such a privilege being Aaron’s parents. We humbly ask you to bring complete healing to Aaron and make him physically whole if that is your will. If it isn’t your will to heal Aaron during his time on Earth we will still love, serve and follow you. We know that you are for Aaron and not against him – nothing can separate him from your love (Romans 8:35-39). Even though we can’t see it now we believe that all things work for the good of those who love you. No matter what happens, you will bring beauty from the ashes of this time (Romans 8:28-29, Isaiah 61:3). Thank you for being with Aaron in the fire. There is always hope with You (Genesis 50:20, Peter 3:9). We submit Aaron, ourselves and the situation to you 100% God. We trust you with the outcome and will rely on your strength completely.
We pray all these things in the name of Jesus, Amen.”