The last few days I have thought a lot about a favorite story of mine. A missionary serving in Tonga was riding in a small boat in the Pacific Ocean when a raging storm blew in. The winds became boisterous and the waves rough and large. Despite the prayers and pleadings of this missionary, he was thrown overboard into the raging ocean. He describes the panic he felt as he realized he was alone, fighting for his life in this angry sea. He kept thinking "This can't be! This isn't true! I'm a missionary; this isn't supposed to happen!" And then he realized he would drown if he didn't start to swim. As he fought to reach land he cried out to the Lord, "Master, help me! Oh please help me!" As he swam he felt great peace, comfort and strength beyond his own. He eventually reached land was rescued by some local islanders. He concludes his account by saying "I have thought a lot about that experience. God was with us. He saved us. He could have brought us through the storm unscathed and landed us safely in our home port. But for some reason, He chose otherwise. I have heard it said that sometimes the Lord calms the storm, and sometimes He lets the storm rage and calms His child." (John H. Groberg, The Other Side of Heaven, pg. 5)
Danny is in the middle of a raging storm right now. The physical and emotional pain he is experiencing threatens to drown him. While I believe that God does have the power to miraculously heal him and calm this "storm", a more likely scenario is that He will use this power to calm Danny--to bring him the peace, comfort and strength he needs to endure this trial. My prayers today (and everyday for that matter) include pleas for the success of his surgery, reduced scarring and so on, but mostly that he will be filled with peace and comfort. That even in the midst of all his suffering, he can feel Heavenly Father's love for him and our love for him. I know that this is possible because I have felt it in my own life as I have faced my own storms.
I know there is power in uniting our faith in Danny's behalf. As a community of his family and friends, we come from diverse religious backgrounds, but I know that the Lord accepts the offering that each of us has to give. This burden is too great for Danny to carry alone, but if we can each take a small piece and carry it for him, collectively we can do this.