Parents in Prayer

By Vera McDonald

In March of 2018, at 17-years-old, my daughter Amy was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, or more simply Lupus. Lupus is an autoimmune condition where the body attacks itself, damaging organs and body systems through persistent inflammation. Complications from lupus include painful joints, profound fatigue, brain fog, hair loss, kidney failure, stroke, and heart attack. There is no cure. Amy takes a combination of powerful drugs to mitigate the damage lupus can inflict on her organs, and the drugs themselves come with their own set of risks. It’s a delicate balancing act consisting of frequent visits to the University of Chicago Medicine for tests and follow-up, then more tests and more follow-up.

The weeks and months immediately after Amy’s diagnosis were filled with indescribable fear and desperation. My faith was definitely put to the test like never before. There were times when I was so angry at God, I couldn’t bring myself to go to church, and I was at a complete loss for words when it came to prayer.

But, for a year now, in the midst of all this, God has put it on my heart to begin a prayer group specifically for the parents, guardians, and care-givers of seriously ill children. Whether your child is 5 or 55, the emotions that come when your child is diagnosed with a life-changing illness can be overwhelming. 

Parents in Prayer (PiP) meets alternating Wednesday evenings, from 7 p.m. -8.m., in room 225. Our next prayer meetings are Wednesday, October 30 and Wednesday, November. 13. 

If your child is seriously ill – whether it be cancer, serious injury, an autoimmune disorder, mental illness, whatever it is - please think about coming to our prayer group. If you have any questions, please email me (

Categories: illness, adult, community, prayer