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If You Can?
by Steven Hieronymus on April 8th, 2011

This past year has been pretty incredible for me. This week we celebrated my son’s (David) 27th birthday, which was very significant in that only through the hand of God was this possible.
The Lord has chosen to teach me much through the life of David. Upon his arrival Rhonda and I were not really walking in close relationship to the Father, yet He chose to remind us in a powerful way that while He was giving us a son, He had already given us His Son. This reminder required a response and we committed our path to walk with our Father and to grow and conform to His IMAGE.

I love my children, David and Jennifer, with a passion and tried to be the father and teacher they deserved. Regardless of this personal commitment, David began moving down troubling paths and this only accelerated as he left home and joined the Navy. This past decade we moved from crisis to crisis, each time experiencing great anguish and crying out to God to intervene and fix the situation. It seemed that this decade of praying was not having the desired effect and frankly we were on the verge of losing him completely. In despair Rhonda and I finally and completely released him into the hands of the Father. I frankly admit that this was the hardest thing I have ever done. My mind and my will kept telling me that I get things done, I fix things and I did not want to give up, yet my strength was gone and I had nothing left to offer or give to the situation.

Recently I shared a passage of scripture at one of our Council meetings and I think it worthy to share here. In Mark Chapter 9 (starting at verse 14) a father brings his son to Jesus. The boy was possessed by an evil spirit and great harm was being done. The father loved his son and brought him to Jesus seeking help for his son. In verse 22 the father makes the following request – “But if you can do anything take pity on us and help us.” You can just image the pain of the father as he must love his son very much, yet he was really missing it. Jesus then responds with an incredibly powerful retort – “If you can”? Jesus then reiterates that everything is possible for him who believes.

I wonder how many times we have cried out to our Father, but communicated an “if you can” component to our prayers. I know, I believe, yet there it is –If you can?

The exciting part of my story is that soon after our “release” of David, the hand of God grabbed hold of him and pulled him back from the precipice and began a miraculous healing. I now have at least a glimpse of what the Father experiences as he sees his prodigal children on the horizon returning to Him. I can’t tell you how many Sunday mornings I have to fight back my tears as I am standing alongside my son in worship. I am so proud of David and excited about the things happening in his life, including his wedding on April 22nd, but most assuredly I am praising the Savior all the day long. “You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing to you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever.” (Psalms 30:11-12)

There are so many in this family that we call “The Church at Canyon Creek”, that have been faithful to support us and to pray in great faith. I will spend eternity in praising God and expressing thanks. There is power in faithful prayer and there is power in God’s church.

My take away is as follows; where there is faith there is hope and I will choose to praise the Lord regardless of the circumstances. My encouragement and challenge to us all is to stay the course, keep the faith and Pray Big! I pray for our “family” each day and ask you to lift up our ”family” as well.

“May the Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace. (Numbers 6:24-26)

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