“Love is patient and kind;
Love does not envy or boast;
It is not arrogant or rude.
It does not insist on its own way;
It is not irritable or resentful;
It does not rejoice at wrongdoing,
But rejoices with the truth.
Love bears all things,
Believes all things,
Hopes all things,
Endures all things.
Love never ends.”
When I scroll through my daily Facebook or Twitter newsfeed, I mostly see general updates about my friends’ lives. I enjoy getting to keep in touch with everyone that I don’t get to see very often. I love hearing about how a friend and her husband are expecting their first child (shoutout to our awesome KatharosNOW editor, Lauren Bookout!), I love seeing that a friend just passed a daunting exam and is now eligible to apply for the job of their dreams, I love seeing adorable pictures of my friends’ children and hearing the funny things they say.
Social media brings the world closer than ever before. Just about every day, I can see a prayer request from one of my friends or maybe even someone that I’ve never met. We Christians know the power prayer has (Mark 11:24, Matthew 21:22, James 5:16) and in fact, God’s word instructs us to pray often (Eph. 6:18, 1 Thess. 5:17, Phil. 4:6).
For 5 months now, I’ve been praying for and following updates about a friend of mine and her sweet baby girl who was born with a CHD (Congenital Heart Defect). Little baby Blair Sullivan has been fighting for her life from the day she was born. Yesterday, her family (including her two big sisters) received the wonderful news that there was a donor heart available for Blair. Through what I’m sure felt like a whirlwind of emotions, Blair received her heart transplant and is now is recovery.
What a wonderful blessing! It’s not every day we see the power of love in a magnitude like this. Today, I am reminded of scripture’s definition of love found in 1 Corinthians 13 and at the top of this post. Christians are called to show this type of love to the world every single day. Let’s never forget this is our purpose in life. Let’s try to broadcast this love to the whole world in our everyday lives and on social media.
Both Blair and her family AND the family of the donor need our prayers. While many, many people are rejoicing for baby Blair, I’m sure many people are currently the grieving the life of the heart donor. Without Facebook, I’m sure it would have been much harder to get the word out about these prayer needs, and many others like it.
If you’d like to follow updates on Blair, follow this search for “Beats for Baby Blair” on Facebook or follow this link https://www.facebook.com/blairdawnsullivan2015.