We spent the past few days in Philly.  It was just the four of us, and in many ways, it was just what we needed.  We are in such a busy season of life, that I’m finding it’s a pace that’s hard to keep up with.  So taking a few days to get away and to relax with our family seems to help in many ways.

While we were away, I was able to spend time talking and texting with Sally.  She gave me updates that I shared with you here.  So if you’ve checked in during the past few days, you’ll have learned that Michael has been struggling.  There have been complications and things haven’t worked as they’ve needed to work.

So tomorrow, Michael will have another surgery.  This time, it will be to replace the part of his skull that he needed to have removed a few months ago.  It’s a surgery that we thought would come down the road.  But with everything that has gone on, it’s something that needs to be done now.

I looked back through my pictures, because I wanted to find a Michael picture that really captured the Michael that we know and love.  I found this one from our Missions Trip last summer.  I love it, because it shows Michael’s awesome smile and also because it shows Michael at a time where he was loving and serving God by loving and serving others.  When I look at this picture, it gives me so much hope as I trust and I pray that God will indeed bring Michael back to a point where he will be able to love and serve others again.


As of now, as long as Michael stays infection free, his surgery is scheduled for 10 am today (adjusted as I just heard from Sally).  So we ask that you would pray for this surgery.  Please pray for Michael, that he would be safe and that the surgery would be a great success for him.  Please also pray for the doctors and nurses who will be there working for him.  I had the chance to meet the doctor who I believe is performing the surgery.  It’s amazing to think of the great things that these doctors can do and we just want to pray that they will do exactly what Michael needs.  And finally, please pray for Michael’s family.  For Sally and Mike and Sarah and Katelyn.  They have been through so much and we just continue to pray for strength for them.

It would be easy to be fearful in times like this.  Easy to be scared and anxious.  Easy for these kinds of feelings to grow really, really big.

But then I’m reminded of God’s promises.  This one in particular, from King David.  You know, the guy that once was a young boy who defeated a giant named Goliath?  In Acts 2, he was quoted when he said, “I saw the Lord always before me.  Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.  Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;  my body also will live in hope.”


We don’t have to live in fear.  We can have the same faith that David had, when he put the Lord always before himself.  When he said so boldly that because God was with him, he would not be shaken.  In times of trouble, our hearts can also be glad and our tongues rejoice because we know that God will work for our good.

Please keep Michael in your prayers today.  We are trusting that God will do great things for him.

Written by lauraherr8

I love Jesus, my Youth Pastor Husband and our two beautiful children. I'm a professional photographer and I love people, especially kids. My best days include time with my family, Hot Yoga and a Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream cone.


  1. Good morning Laura,

    Happy Easter to you and your family. I am happy you enjoyed a few days “off”. Thank you also your updates about Michael, he and his family continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. I was wondering if there was something that I could do for his family. I don’t know his Mom or Dad but would like to do something. Could I get a gift card to you at some point over the weekend? Do they have a favorite restaurant either around here or around SBU? Panera Bread? Or if you think something else would be more appropriate please advise.

    Thank you again for all you do,

    Katie Spellman

  2. Thank you Laura for the update on Michael. And glad you & your family had a chance to get away. We r always praying for Michael…… Praying that his surgery goes well and he finds some peace and comfort. Praying for his medical team to have the miracle hands to answer all our prayers, and praying for his family to also have some peace and comfort.

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