Harrison’s Siblings

Steve McKinionUncategorized17 Comments

Christmas was really good for Harrison. We didn’t think that would be the case after he had such bad days Thursday and Friday. He couldn’t even play with his cousins or enjoy opening gifts.  It made the day and night tough for Ginger and me as well: was there a setback? The emotional roller coaster continues to be a nightmare.

But Sunday was a completely different story.  He woke up feeling fine, and spent the day enjoying family.  We shared the story of the Angel of the Lord’s announcement of Jesus’ birth to the shepherds.  We gave thanks to the Lord for the gift of eternal life.  And for the gift of a great day.  We all slept better.

Another gift is the manner in which Lachlan and Blakely have responded to this challenge.  They both continue to encourage me to believe God for Harrison’s healing.  They both treat their brother well, without “baby-ing” him.

They both have refrained from complaining about the changes they’ve had to make, and will have to make.  We missed our annual Christmas trip to see loads of family in Mobile.  Lachlan missed his hunting trip to his uncle’s place where he killed his first deer last year.  Blakely missed seeing her cousins.  We’ve had to cancel our planned trip to Scotland next summer, Lachlan’s first time to his place of birth.  While they are disappointed they’ve not once made Harrison feel responsible.  They’ll never know how much that has meant.

I regret that their lives have suddenly and dramatically changed.  I regret that all three of my kids will miss so much this spring.  But I am grateful that they are responding with love, grace, and patience.  The Spirit’s work in their hearts is obvious.

Tomorrow we go for another treatment, including a painful lumbar puncture and bone marrow biopsy.  Please pray for Harrison.  Please also pray for good report from the blood and marrow tests.

Blessings to you.

17 Comments on “Harrison’s Siblings”

  1. We are so thankful that Christmas day turned out well for your family. I can only imagine how tough this is on the whole family, including “the siblings” Lachlan and Blakely. The 3 of your children have always been awesome kids. Our family has been blessed to know your kids. We continue our prayers for Harrison and his treatments tomorrow.

  2. The Holy Spirit’s powerful presence in all your lives is clear, and I am praying for Harrison’s healing while knowing that His grace & mercy will flow to and through all of even more.

  3. Steve and Ginger,

    Just want to let you know that Harrison is continually in my prayers. I think of him and you often each and every day.


  4. Although Harrison has been on my heart daily in the last few weeks, I have specifically prayed for the siblings. Cancer affects the whole family. God will give each the strength and grace to walk through this journey. He has great plans for each of you. He is able. He will redeem.

    If either Blakely or Lachlan ever need a breather, they are welcome to step in my office at NRCA.

  5. Pastor Steve,

    I will be continuing in prayer for Harrison. My son, Jacob was diagnosed with A.M.L. @ the age of 1. Then, Satan tried to get it to come back, or at least try to make it look that way ~ it shall not come upon him a 2nd time(Nahum 1:9). I would not tolerate it! Br. Ken & Gloria Copeland taught me well! My son, Jacob is a walking miracle! Satan tried to give my son a death wish through the words of the doctors, I would NOT receive anything they had to say to me. In other words, I REBUKED EVERY WORD. I received everything that said to me though through His Word, & SPOKE IT! [My son, Jacob is now 15 going on 16 ~in June.] KEEP SPEAKING THE WORD! Let it be your continual confession. I have been praying in this manner, BELOW:

    For there is Life in the Blood! There is Life in the Blood! There is Life in the Blood! By the stripes that Jesus bore, Harrison has been healed! YES. He has been made WHOLE in Jesus’ name! Every plant that my heavenly Father has NOT planted shall be rooted up!

    Every spirit of blood cancer BOW YOUR KNEE TO THE NAME OF JESUS! EVERY spirit of Infirmity BOW YOUR KNEE TO THE NAME OF JESUS!

    For the Annointing that lives on the inside of me DESTROYS EVERY YOKE! LEAVE HARRISON”S BODY< NOW!!!

  6. Harrison and your family have been on our heart and minds so often since hearing the news of Harrison’s illness. As a mom of two sons (one of them nine, who enjoys sports and is a fan of Harrison)my heart aches for you as his parents. I am praying for your entire family. I have prayed for you often that Christmas would go well and am so thankful to hear it was a good day. Jacob prayed at supper tonight at my mom’s and without prompting (other than from the Holy Spirit) prayed for Harrison and your family. We will continue to lift you up to the Great Physician, our Heavenly Father. If our family can help in any way, please let us know. God Bless you all!

    Pam Tilley

  7. Steve,

    Karen and I, along with many others, are praying for your son, you and your entire family from here among the members of Westmont Baptist Church in Birmingham.

    In Christ Free,


  8. Your family is in our prayers. May the Lord give you all strength, and peace in the midst of the storm. “For thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the Lord forever: for in the Lord JEHOVAH is everlasting strength.” Isaiah 26:3-4 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

  9. If you have not yet done it, contact:

    Loreal Massiah, Patient Services Manager

    Leukemia/Lymphoma Society

    401 Harrison Oaks Blvd.

    Cary NC


    They provide funding for things not covered by insurance, like parking, transportation, etc. Last I heard it was up to $1000 a year, which doesn’t sound like much but is a lot when needed!

    My wife went thru AML in 2004 and is a 7+ year survivor, and we still do volunteer work with LLS.

    Our prayers are for Harrison to also be a long time survivor and be a blessing to others.

  10. Our family has been praying for Harrison and all of you nearly every night. My children go to school with Harrison and he has really been on their hearts. We got the email update and are praying fervently for him today.

    “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21

  11. Just found your story through a friend.

    Harrison will be in my prayers. I will also remember the entire family because this isn’t a road that Harrison is walking alone. I believe that our God is a GREAT BIG GOD and that He can give each of you what you need for that day.

    Also, your writings here are such an encouragement to me. You remind me to keep looking to Him even when our Earthly walk is difficult. I really needed that today.

  12. Our hearts are broken for Harrison and your family. You have been and will continue to be in our earnest prayers. We know you are all in His loving hands.

  13. We have never met. I stumbled upon your journey via twitter. My brother is fighting brain cancer and is winning the fight one year later. It is by the grace of our Lord. I understand your pain and fear. I am praying today for your family and son. In my darkest hours, I have called upon this scripture to comfort me and make me strong. I hope it too will help you. The LORD will make PERFECT the things that concern me -Psalm 138:8

  14. Steve and Ginger,

    W. Sims recommended that you contact Loreal Massiah at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, located in Cary. Just want to let you know that Kristie and I have met with Loreal on several occasions, and we can’t say enough kind things about her!

    Two years ago Kristie earned her Girl Scout Gold Award, and her project involved making almost 40 fleece blankets for the children at UNC Hospital, putting together goodie bags for them, and donating over 100 children’s books.

    Part of Kristie’s Gold Award involved community outreach, so she met with Loreal and agreed to design a pamphlet written on a child’s level called “What is Leukemia”. Kristie and I helped set up for the annual Light the Night walk in Raleigh, and that is the last time we talked with Loreal. She is such an encouragement to families, and I hope you will be able to meet with her soon.

    Keeping you in my prayers.

  15. Hi Steven. I have been stirred to pray for you and your family since I read the news via Dave Black.

    I pray for you, Harrison and the family. I pray that our heavenly father will strengthen you deeply in your inner man with the knowledge of his love, building deep hope and faith. I pray that the comfort of his presence will flow through you. I pray that his presence will cover over you as a blanket of peace. May he grant healing to Harrison.

    I pray that you will be sustained in strength to do what is needed to be done. Father I pray that you will grant Harrison healing. That you will grant the medical staff skill and wisdom as they go about your work. I pray that you will be able to express your anger, dismay, doubt and fears in a community of care which allows for and understands the power of lamentation.

    Bless you and your family. craig b.

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