Lessons Learned from My Sickness Part 10: Family that Prays Together, Stays Together

praying together to stay together

If there’s an image of childhood which remained as a lasting imprint on what I remembered about our family, it’s the family altar.

Tatay and Nanay gathering ten of us children in a corner of our house to read the scriptures, and contribute a statement or two on what we need for God to grant us.

This was a nightly affair which we continue to carry in each of our individual families to which we have settled now.

This strong family prayer life sustains each one of us even when we are already separated by distance and geography.

For instance, my youngest sister Lucy who’s working as a nurse in California always makes it a point to communicate every day with me, our mother and her other siblings, especially in my sickness.

Her generosity knows no bounds and her sacrificial love knows no obstacles. According to her, she was blessed by God so that she can be a blessing to many of us as well.

I’m grateful to God for giving us our family. We stayed together because we are bounded by that strong cord of unity – to pray as a family.

You want to strengthen your family? You can do that by gathering under the altar of prayer.

Posted on FB: 5 March 2015 – 5:11 PM

Jaro Evangelical Church

About the Author

Rev. Ronny Luces was the Minister for Administration and Community Service of Jaro Evangelical Church (JEC), Iloilo City, Philipines. He, his wife, Martha and daughter, Ronamae have been with JEC’s ministry since 1994.

Pastor Ronny graduated from Central Philippine University College of Theology in 1985 and was pastor of several Baptist churches.

In January 2015, after tests and two long hospital confinements, Pastor Ronny got the word he had lung cancer. He underwent chemotherapy.

Praying for healing and going through all the medical processes, Pastor Ronny started writing his reflections “Lessons Learned from My Sickness.”

On 9 July 2015, Pastor Ronny rested his earthly life.

May Pastor Ronny’s series of reflections and meditations strengthen your hope and faith as you go through your own life’s battles.