We cover some serious issues in War Cry, but few stories have been as confronting as the story of Wellington police officer Jamie Bradley, diagnosed in December with a brain tumour.
Jamie attends the same Salvation Army church that I go to, and his honesty and positive outlook on his diagnosis has done much to encourage my faith and that of so many others in our congregation.
Earlier this year, God gave Jamie a vision of breadcrumbs, symbolising the faith those at our church held in the power of God to work in Jamie’s life. Just a few weeks ago, he clarified that those breadcrumbs weren’t the tiny bits of bread that we typically associate with the word ‘breadcrumbs’. Instead, they were ‘big hunks of bread, symbolising big hunks of faith’.
Jamie doesn’t know what the outcome of his health journey will be. And anyone who has ever prayed for someone with a serious health condition would know our prayers aren’t always answered in the way we most long for. But I’d ask you to be one of Jamie’s ‘breadcrumbs’ by adding your own prayers to those of Jamie’s many supporters. Please pray for healing!
I am sure that Jamie’s story will challenge and inspire you—especially to approach life with a sense of expectation that God wants to talk with us every day. As Jamie says: Seek God, be obedient to God’s word, trust God ... and don’t let the world steal your amazing relationship!
Psalm 73:26 Common English Bible
My body and mind may fail, but you are my strength and my choice forever.
Ngā Waiata 73:26
Hemo iho ōku kikokiko me toku ngakau: ko te Atua ia te kaha o tōku ngākau, tōku wāhi ake ake.
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