Easter Prayers

Tomorrow is Easter Sunday.  It’s a glorious day for reflection on our lives and our commitments.   We’ve been looking for a new church home and have visited a couple of churches.  DH was raised in the Methodist church and I was raised in the Baptist church.  Many years ago Don was baptized and joined the Baptist church when we lived in Eufaula, AL.

We haven’t made a firm decision yet on where we want to land.  I had planned for Chris to go with us for Easter service but it didn’t work out that way.  I don’t talk a lot about Chris but I have shared that he has disabilities and works in a handicapped program (Options).  He also lives in a house with Options staff.

This last year has been a really tough one for him and for us.  He hasn’t been happy in the house.  Chris is very social and likes to go places.  Neither of his roomates communicate and even though staff is there, Chris is bored and lonely.  That equals extreme misery for him.

A week and a half ago, Chris got frustrated and ran off into the woods by the house.  Staff finally talked him out of the woods, but he continued to act out so police took him to the hospital for evaluation.  He spent 9 days in a facility and was discharged yesterday.  He seemed ok when we got to our house.  He was going to spend the holiday weekend with us.  He started talking about something he had become fixated on from his stay at the facility.  He kept escalating and the next thing we knew, he had bolted.  I called the police and thankfully the same officer who had taken him to the hospital the week before, was the one responding to the call.  He found Chris and another visit to the ER was made.

Long story made a little shorter…Chris is furious with us and refused to come home with us.  He is once again at the facility for treatment.  People who need the care are never allowed to stay long enough to make any sort of difference.  It’s called “Treat ’em and street ’em”.  Sad, isn’t it?  We can thank our Governor, Bobby Jindal for this.

This Easter, what I will be praying for is that Chris be able to find some peace and have a good life.  He has a team of professionals working with him on an outpatient basis when he is at home.  It is pretty much the opinion that Chris is expressing his unhappiness by acting out.  Options is actively looking for a housing change for him.  I hope it isn’t too late.  Please keep him in your prayers also.


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  1. Carol Yonts

     /  March 30, 2013

    Sheryl, I will most definitely pray for you and your family. Jesus is a healer and with His resurrection, hope if available for all of us. If it is ok with you I would like to add Chris to our prayer list on Wednesday. We are an active group that gathers for Bible study and prayer and I would be honored to add you and your family to our list. May the Lord bless and keep all of you on this Resurrection Day.

  2. Thank you so much Carol. Wishing you a blessed Easter.

  3. Liz Sacapanio

     /  March 31, 2013

    Thanks for sharing about Chris. My family will definitely be praying for him and you and your husband. Be assured that God, the Great Physician knows all that is happening and has the answers. Be strong and of good courage..you are not alone!

    Blessings, Liz

  4. Cindy

     /  March 31, 2013

    I am so sorry that Chris was put in with two roommates just because they share a diagnosis. That’s not fair to him. He needs to be with guys with his interests and abilities. My son has severe mental illness along with Intellectual disabilities and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. When Social Services put him in our home, they almost changed their minds and put him in an institution because he was critically ill and wasn’t expected to survive past a year of age. When he was 11, the nurses in the psychiatric wing of the hospital thought he should be institutionalized again because his illness was so severe, and he was so violent towards me. Fortunately, his Dr. let me try for one more year. His meds got right, he started learning how to behave, He’s 24 now, has been male athlete of the year with Special Olympics, gone to National Games for them, last year he and his best friend got an apartment with full-time staff and is for the most part happy. He misses living with us, but would not move back in if you paid him. LOL I hope things can start going well for you guys and Chris. Contact me any time you need support.

  5. I can share your thoughts as my nephew Stevie had to be moved twice until we found the right fit for him. He also acted out in the not right fit for him. My prayers are with you ,Chris, Don and your family.

  6. Amanda

     /  March 31, 2013

    I will be praying not only for Chris but for the team working with him also. God can and will move in this situation. My prayers will also be going out for you, Don and your family.

  7. Nancy Angerer

     /  March 31, 2013

    I have just prayed for you all and will put him on my prayer list so that I can remember to continue to pray for Chris, his living situation, the staff, and both of you. I know that all this is a heavy burden. May the Lord bless you all and give His peace to you.

  8. SoBuzy

     /  March 31, 2013

    Sheryl, will do….budgets always get cut in the wrong places! My heart and prayers go out to and for Chris, you and Don! God is good and we will ask that He will guide the staff and all those involved as they reach out to help Chris presently and in his future.

  9. Nancy Bell

     /  March 31, 2013

    I will be praying!

  10. Ravonda

     /  March 31, 2013

    you got our prayers. sorry your family have to be going through this. I know we worry about our kids and when things aren’t right for them it breaks a parents heart.. I hope he finds his place soon and will be happy.It is hard for anyone being somewhere that you don’t feel like one belongs.


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