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Prayer Request

picture of Nora and Topher

Our daughter Nora has had intense pain in her back and leg this past week especially. She had an MRI this morning and is scheduled for back surgery tomorrow morning. Please pray for her as she awaits and faces surgery and for the surgeon as he seeks to remedy the problem. I will update you as soon as I can. For those who don't know her personally, here's a picture of Nora and her boyfriend Topher.

I'll pass on any words of encouragement left for her in the comments.


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24 Comments on “Prayer Request”

  1. #1 Sherry DuBois
    on Jul 28th, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    I don’t know Nora real well, but I know and love you and Mme Loach. My prayers are with Nora and you all! Will look forward to rejoicing in what the Lord does!


  2. #2 Judy
    on Jul 28th, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    We will be uplifting Nora, Topher, and the rest of the family in prayer.
    We look forward to hearing how the Lord works in a wonderful way.

  3. #3 Dennae
    on Jul 28th, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    So sorry to hear of this trial. We’ll certainly be praying for you all. Much love….

  4. #4 Cindy C.
    on Jul 28th, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    Will do. What are they saying? My daughter hasn’t talked about pain but is having an MRI to check for tethered cord in her lower spine. Will keep Nora (and you guys, too) in our prayers.

  5. #5 Scott & Cathy Gons
    on Jul 28th, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    Cathy & I will begin praying for Nora’s surgery and recovery. May God grant the surgeon wisdom to properly diagnose and remedy the problem with tomorrow’s surgery. “I will cry to God Most High, to God who accomplishes all things for me.” Psalm 57:2

  6. #6 Dawn Kester
    on Jul 28th, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Please tell Nora our Love and Prayers are with her. Hope and pray surgery goes well and it will really take care of her back pains. I know she has had back pain/problems for quite some time. Definitely will be praying for her. And we will watch for posts to see how things are going for her.

  7. #7 Lella Richards
    on Jul 28th, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    I don’t know Nora, but I do know her pain. I’m assuming it’s a ruptured disc. I have battled this for some time, but have dodged having surgery. I’ll be praying for her and looking forward to your updates.

  8. #8 Susan
    on Jul 28th, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    I’m so sorry to read this. I suffer with back problems and my heart truly goes out to her.

    Praying for a total healing!!

    Keep us posted~

  9. #9 Kathy Pritchard
    on Jul 28th, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Please let Nora know we are praying for her–for peace and strength–and for the doctors to have unusual wisdom. Will look forward to hear how God answers.

    Kathy P

  10. #10 Traci Hopper
    on Jul 28th, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    We’ll definitely be praying for Nora. She may not remember one of her babysitters =), but our thoughts and prayers are with her, the doctors, and your family.

  11. #11 Doodie
    on Jul 28th, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    Psalm 57:1 is one of my “go to” verses: “Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.” I love the picture of being in the “shadow” of His wings; I’ll be praying for Nora.

  12. #12 Ann Russell
    on Jul 28th, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    How gracious our LORD is that we can place our trust in Him and His Word.
    We know that he hears all our prayers and works accordingly as is His will.
    We pray that the surgery will be a complete success and there will be no
    lasting anomalies in Nora’s back nor pain. Thank you Jesus.

  13. #13 Marilyn
    on Jul 29th, 2010 at 1:24 am

    Yes, we’ll be praying, too.

  14. #14 Michael
    on Jul 29th, 2010 at 5:42 am

    Will be praying for your daughter!

  15. #15 Sam Brenneman
    on Jul 29th, 2010 at 7:36 am

    We will keep Nora in our prayers and pray the surgery is successful with complete healing. We will also be praying for her during the recovery period .

    Isaiah 43:2

  16. #16 Vikki
    on Jul 29th, 2010 at 8:09 am

    From what I’ve heard, back surgeries aren’t any fun. Yes, we will be praying for the surgery, for God to guide the surgeons, for no complications, and for a quick recovery. I’m so thankful we serve Jehovah Rapha, the LORD who heals.

  17. #17 Uwe
    on Jul 29th, 2010 at 8:40 am

    Diana and I will join the prayers, too. May the Lord give you peace in trusting on Him that everything is in His hand(s). May the prayers be combined with faith. May everything be expected from Him first. We will be praying that Nora is calm in confidence, and the same for you. Very often such situations are the chances for the Lord to make something new in our lifes because we learn Him better know and grow in faith and confidence if we take it from His hands and agree. That means if we say “Yes, Lord” and let us fall into His tender hands. The Lord bless and comfort you all according to His way He only does in Godly manner.

  18. #18 Jonathan
    on Jul 29th, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Prayed for Nora, will pray again. God is good.

  19. #19 Paula Moreau Wiggins
    on Jul 29th, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Will be praying for Nora, Topher, and your family!

  20. #20 Rhonda
    on Jul 29th, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    We prayed for Nora last night at prayer meeting, and our family continues to pray as well. Keep us posted!

  21. #21 Evelyn Matzko
    on Jul 29th, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Dear Rob, I do not know if you remember me or not but as I read about Nora today I wanted to let you know that I would love to greet your family tomorrow as you pass the Business Office on your way to Out Patient Surgery! I am a volunteer at the hospital three days a week and will be in the Business Office at 5:30 a.m. tomorrow morning ! I have never met your wife or daughter but have enjoyed your blague all these years and am praying for Nora and all of you! I will try to look for you as you pass our windows tomorrow morning, please try to look for an old lady in a pink coat! May the Lord be with all involved. Evelyn P.S. I looks as if I missed it by a day sorry.

    Rob adds: Thank you so much for you kind remarks, Evelyn. Becka actually spotted you busily working Wednesday morning when she and Nora were there for the MRI. The procedure was actually done at the southeastern neurosurgical and spine institute, not at Memorial.

  22. #22 Rob
    on Jul 29th, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Thank you one and all for your kind words of encouragement, and especially for your prayers. We all felt the calm peace from the Lord this morning as we anticipated the procedure. Now we await His answers as Nora’s body heals. You can read an update in today’s post.

  23. #23 Carol Giddings
    on Jul 29th, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Thanks for sharing with us. Isn’t it wonderful that God hears our prayers far and wide. I will add my prayers to the many who are already doing so!

  24. #24 Jewel
    on Jul 31st, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    We have been praying for your precious daughter since reading of her back pain and upcoming surgery. I’ve had back problems for years, since my mid-twenties, and I know how debilitating it can be to be in constant pain. Thankfully, I have a wonderful, understanding husband who has been right there for me through the years and a God that is so faithful and steps in right on time with his strength and comfort. And I know He is there and will continue to be for your family and Nora. In Jesus’ Name!

    Rob adds: Thank you so much, Jewel. She’s seeing some improvement, but she has a long way to go to get back to normal activities.