Remember Alim, my Muslim friend who encouraged me to start attending Christian church again?
We met for coffee this week, and he shared with me that his mom just found out she has relapsed. It’s breast cancer.
He put on a brave face and made it seem like he was fine – “We caught it early,” Alim told me with a shrug – but I know he was upset. I asked if I could pray for him, and he said that of course, he’d like that.
“No, I mean like right now.”
And so we prayed together. It was a simple prayer – thankfulness for our friendship, requests for healing for his mom if it’s God’s will, and both strength and peace for their entire family.
A few hours later, I got this text from him:
“Thank you for praying for my mom with me. Your kindness and faith touched my heart this morning and lifted my spirit. I need it very much. I’m blessed to have crossed paths with you.”
After the way God used Alim in my life, I love that I got to be an instrument of encouragement for him in turn.
“Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full – pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap.” -Luke 6:38