Kelly’s pastor talks about power of prayer, social media

Jim Kelly giving flowers to Jason, a fellow cancer patient at the hospital.


Buffalo, NY (WIVB) – One of Jim Kelly’s pastors says people shouldn’t underestimate the healing power of prayers, expressed through social media.

“They continually need more and more prayer. This has been a very difficult journey,” says the Reverend Richard George, one of the pastors and a counselor to the Kellys at The Chapel at Crosspoint.

Jim and Jill Kelly and their family are relying on their faith to get them through. That much is evident from what they’ve shared in social media: hashtagging tweets with “Prayers for JK;” an Instagram photo containing a verse from Exodus: “The Lord will fight for you; you need only be still.”

While some people may think it’s a silly or meaningless way to communicate, Reverend George says all of the messages from people praying for Jim’s recovery are giving the Kellys great hope.

“In terms of the use of social media,” he says, “that’s where people are at today; it’s where the culture is at. In fact, Jill had [an] interesting story even on her blog as of today, about something that happened in the hospital, with Jim giving flowers to someone else who’s only got a couple of weeks to live. And so the power of it is tremendous. You can emotionally react to that…”

We live in an age where it seems almost everything, even the most sensitive of personal information, is tweeted or posted. The Kellys have been quite public about sharing Jim’s struggle with cancer in social media. Jill Kelly shared in her blog Friday that the cancer isBut many ask – shouldn’t there be a balance between that public attention or exposure, and the Kellys’ need for sensitivity and privacy?

“That’s true. But I also think when it comes to prayer, and when it comes to the need for healing, it’s always better to err on one side than the other. Always better to overexpose than to overprotect, because you have that many more people praying for you,” Reverend George tells News 4. “And so I would urge the people to continue to pray.”

“Just as we need to pray for anyone who’s under these kinds of circumstances and pray for one another. Because frankly, we really do need each other.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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