Can I ask you all a favor? Can you please be in prayer for my friend Shane and his wife Paige?
Shane is a dear friend from college. I guess we met my sophomore or junior year, can't remember exactly. He was very involved in the campus ministry and I can't think of a time that he didn't radiate Christ. He is just that kind of person - fun to be around, hard working, funny, down to earth, but most of all, a lover of people. He has always had a way of making everyone around him feel loved. We spent lots of time singing together while at University Church and many nights we would stay at the church late and sing in the stairwell... I can hear his voice so vividly singing the lead in "Rescue" by Acapella, as the other guys would accompany him with the background notes and us girls would just close our eyes and couldn't help but worship.... from the church we would head out to Moody Music Building, where we'd play piano and worship together even more... then we'd head to City Cafe around 4am before getting one hour of sleep and going to class. Shane always had a way of convincing everyone that time together with friends and making those memories was more important than some silly college exam. :) And he was right.
Worship and loving people.
That pretty much sums up Shane Prater.
And now, he is fighting stage 4 melanoma and he learned today that after 9 months of grueling chemo treatments, the cancer has spread more than ever. I hurt for him as I type this because I just think, "Why, God? Why him?" Just over 2 years ago he miraculously survived a horrendous car accident that by all means should have taken his life. He had to re-learn everything. I remember being so shaken by that event in hearing that he might not make it, and then when he progressed I just thanked God over and over. And then things began to look up - he met Paige, married her, they moved to Montgomery to be closer to work, and the first week in Montgomery he was diagnosed with cancer. I just can't even imagine. With the results of the PET scan and MRI being so devastating, I just feel like I need to ask everyone to please pray... for healing, yes, but for God's mercy too... for His perfect plan to be revealed. Shane is going to be taking 8 chemo pills in addition to a new drug and then he will have another scan on March 27th. Please pray for a miracle for my friend.
I am praying these words for my friend, because they so remind me of him...
As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds His people
Surround us, Lord. Surround us, O Lord.
We need to be in your presence. Surround us Lord.
Thou, O Lord, art a shield about me.
You're my glory, you're the lifter of my head
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah
You're the lifter of my head...