It's amazing to see the community come together for one of its own. It makes one proud to be a part of this place called Shelbyville
When I drive across town and see the signs asking people to "Pray for Korley," I am blessed and encouraged. This is a truly loving community we live in.
Green and yellow ribbons hang in front of businesses and from people's mailboxes and even from some people's lapels. The colors remind people of Korley's favorite color green, and the yellow is a sign that we are waiting for her to come home.
One of the women at our church was selling buttons on Sunday with a big yellow "K" on a green background as a reminder to keep Korley in our prayers. People wearing the buttons are asked all the time what the "K" is for, and it gives them an opportunity to share with someone new about Korley and her situation.
People all over Bedford County and all over the country are praying for a young girl that many of them don't even know. I know this is amazing and humbling for Korley's parents. They are greatly encouraged to see the support they have from so many friends and family members and total strangers.
Korley's mother told me that she has the scripture Romans 8:28 written on the inside cover of all her Bibles as a reminder that God has all things in His control.
Romans 8:28 says, "All things work together for good for those that love God and are called according to His purpose."
The Davis family is holding tight to the hand of God to see them through all of this.
I've driven by churches in Shelbyville with "Pray for Korley" on the signs that are generally used for church announcements. There are even "Pray for Korley" signs in front of a local bar and a liquor store. And this column is a reminder to anyone who reads it to "Pray for Korley."
Korley Davis and her family are members of the church that I serve as the minister of out on Mt. Lebanon Church Road near Wheel.
She had one of the main speaking roles in our Christmas program in December, and we were all so proud of her for doing such a great job. I could tell that she was struggling for her breath but she spoke with a good strong, loud voice.
Today she is lying in the intensive care unit at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital surrounded by her parents, nurses, medical personnel, and God's angels that are watching over our beloved Korley.
I want to ask you to pray for her. Pray for her parents and her sisters and the rest of the Davis family.
There are a number of fundraisers planned in the days and weeks ahead to help raise money for the expenses that keep piling up. Please do what you can to help this family in need.
And above all else, "Pray for Korley."
-- Doug Dezotell is pastor of Mount Lebanon United Methodist Church, a former staff writer for the Times-Gazette, a husband, father and grandfather, and a friend to many. Doug may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.