I remember the first time I heard about this family. I was told they were new to MPC and that “we” weren’t sure if they were even Believers. A couple of the ladies from this family showed up to our Ladies’ Retreat and I quickly figured out…these ladies were most assuredly “Sisters!” They knew their Savior – more than knew Him, had a history with Him. “Blessed assurance, Jesus (was theirs)!”
I remember the first time I sat down to a meal with this family. What I thought was a family of four turned into a family of five. Then, this immediate family of five added grandparents and two brothers with their wives to the table (and that wasn’t all of them!), along with this Minister’s family with, at that time, four children. The kitchen/dining room was packed with two or three tables, too many chairs, and all these people with all this love, both spoken and unspoken. I was smitten and so thankful that this family was now part of “our” family.
This morning I received a message from my husband that a terrible, unthinkable, and unbelievable thing happened in the middle of the night to one of those brothers. He got up to do what so many of us do every night, get a drink of water, and tripped and fell down the stairs. Layton Gaskie is currently in ICU, suffering a severe brain injury, and fighting for his life. The next few days are very critical both in the physical world and, I believe, in the spiritual world.
As I was praying for Layton and his family today, I couldn’t help but be reminded of all the blog posts I have read recently of how God is performing miracles every day in Africa and in Honduras and in Indonesia. And I couldn’t help but think God is no respecter of persons. Isn’t a man lying in a hospital bed, living in America, on the continent of North America, just as important and loved by God as the many who are dying in other countries and on other continents? Ofcourse he is! And isn’t our God able to perform miracles right here because nothing is impossible with God!
So, I reiterate: the next few days are very critical…in the spiritual world…on behalf of Layton Gaskie! I believe the heavens can be shaken by the prayers of God’s people. I believe God can and will completely heal and restore Layton; I will pray it and believe it until He moves me to pray differently. I am asking any and all of you who read this to join us in fighting for Layton and his wife Erin and his extended family on our knees!
We so often speak Truthful claims about God without believing them. Well, I know Whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able, to keep that which I’ve committed unto Him until that day! Commit Layton Gaskie and his family to God and know beyond a shadow of a doubt Who you believe and that He is able!