Sorrows don’t arrive in neat queues. They don’t knock on the door and politely ask you if they can come in.
Instead, they often bust down said door with a battering ram and decide to evict you from your own life. They don’t play fair at all.
That’s part of the difficulty with our various sufferings, the terrible ways in which they attack our minds as well as our bodies. That’s also why it’s so important to have the help of a loving community.
The Hobbs family of Citronelle, Alabama, knows that full well. Ten-year-old Sid Hobbs has had to fight pediatric brain cancer.
The worst part of the whole awful affair? He’s had to do it twice.
According to the Birmingham News, Sid was originally diagnosed with a brain tumor at the tender age of two. He managed to beat it the first time around.
However, the terrible disease returned, and in addition to seeking the best medical treatment, the Hobbs family has tried to keep young Sid’s spirits up. So has the greater community.
According to WKRG, Sid recently underwent brain surgery to remove part of the tumor. When he returned home, a parade awaited him.
A marching band, placard-holding crowds, and cheerleaders showed up. Meanwhile, police led a processional of vehicles that ferried Sid home.
And that wasn’t the only welcome he got. Sid is a huge fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide, and one faculty member of nearby Thompson High School decided to arrange something special for the young cancer warrior.
Coach Mark Freeman helps train Taulia Tagovailoa, the brother of Crimson Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. So Freeman made a phone call or two.
In no time at all, Sid found himself sharing a FaceTime call with the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Offensive MVP. About the call, Sid’s father, John, said, “He was kind of star-struck during (it), but he was really excited afterward, making plans to beat him in (the video game) Madden and for Tua to be all-time quarterback for him and his brother if they get to meet.”
During the call, Tagovailoa told the boy, “If I get an opportunity to come and see you, I’m gonna come and see you. Hopefully, it’s after this LSU game, and I hope you get to watch that game.”
At the end of the call, Tagovailoa also asked if he could pray for Sid.
“I just pray that you’d heal him, Father, in Jesus’ name,” he prayed. “In your Word, it says, ‘By your stripes, we are healed.’
“So I commend that over my little man’s life, Father. And I just ask that you be with him and his family.”
Amen. We all pray that the Lord would soon heal valiant Sid.
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