You may remember that Philip has one younger sister by the name of Sara. When we were expecting her seven years ago, it was our prayer that we would have a girl, and she would be a help and a champion for Philip. We were so concerned about the reaction of the world to Philip and his appearance, and for that reason we prayed for a sibling who would stand with and support him.
Sara has been just that to Philip. Of course they still get into their occasional spats and the 'he said, she said' arguments. But I've seen her get in between Philip and children twice her size who are making fun of Philip. Once we were taking family pictures in a studio, and I believe she was four years old. Other kids waiting to take pictures stared and laughed at Philip. She was so upset, yet she asked Philip if she could go and 'hurt that boy.' :) That's my girl!!!
I guess what I never expected is that Sara would take that 'prayer' over her life, and let it go outside of Philip. Last year in first grade, there was another classmate with her who had Down's syndrome. Though she was in the classroom, this little girl would not listen to the teacher always, and may have sometimes been disruptive. Apparently, Sara would encourage her to get on the right path. She would come and hug her or pat her on the shoulder to love on her even though this little girl did not understand or know to respond back to Sara's kindness. I never knew she was doing this until last Saturday. The mother of that little girl came to us and asked if Sara would give her a hug. Sara was shy with the mom, but she did. Mom went on to tell us what Sara had done last year for her daughter. She had been so encouraged, because so many others could not look past her daugher's differences.
Tears just came to my eyes. My little seven year old already has a testimony. What power there is in prayer! How faithful my God is to me! Just as the Word says, He knows our thoughts afar off. Many things may not go the way I want them to, but I know that He hears every prayer. He knows. And He is in control.