Christian Mom Explains Why She Doesn’t Want People to Pray for Her Daughter’s Facial Tumor to Disappear
Veronica NeffingerReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2016 Mar 08
A Christian mom who has a daughter with a tumor on her face said on her blog that instead of feeling bad for her and praying for her daughter’s tumor to go away, she wishes people would “pray that she grows into a confident girl who loves herself no matter what she looks like.”
Christian Today reports that baby Charlie Crenshaw was born with a capillary hemangioma on her face. The tumor is not dangerous to Charlie’s health and removing it would be purely cosmetic, says Charlie’s mother, Katie Crenshaw.
"She isn't in pain or ill. She simply has an unusual quality about her appearance. The most common sentiments are 'I'm praying that it goes away.' Or 'Bless her poor little heart,'" Crenshaw writes.
Crenshaw says though she appreciates peoples’ prayers, she wishes they would focus instead on deeper things than Charlie’s appearance.
“Pray that constant comments and opinions from friends, family and strangers will end before she's old enough to overhear them. Pray that she will be a strong person in an age where we are bullied for any number of reasons,” writes Crenshaw.
Crenshaw says that Charlie’s tumor may never go away. “And guess what? It doesn’t have to. I would much rather chat about her latest milestone achievement, her amazing smile, or how gorgeous her eyes are.”
Publication date: March 8, 2016