GBS Update: Sunday 18th April 2010

Luke was very low when we arrived to see him yesterday morning. He was tearful and said that he just wanted to come home. His journey down on Friday hadn’t been as straightforward as we had first thought. They had to stop several times to suction him, and his chest was not good. He hardly slept on Friday night and it seems that all of that contributed to his feeling low yesterday. They gave him a light sedative during the afternoon to help him relax, as he had felt his breathing was tight. The staff said his breathing was good, and felt the tightness in his chest was due to anxiety, hence the sedative. Three weeks of being so poorly is beginning to take it’s toll on Luke emotionally, and we really value you bearing with us and interceding for our son. He had built up a rapport with the staff in Sheffield and they were able to understand him quite well. We know that will come here in time, but for now communication with staff is difficult, and obviously he doesn’t yet feel known by them.

Please pray 1 For Luke to know peace of heart and mind, that only God can give. That God would speak truth to him and that he would know the love of God in the midst of difficulties. 2 That his breathing will feel more comfortable 3 That secretions in his throat and lungs would decrease so that eventually he may be fitted with a valve to help him speak. His lungs need to be strong and clear for this to happen 4 That he would be able to sleep especially at night 5 For him to build up a rapport with the staff. He is such a sociable chap, who loves making friends, and in this vulnerable state it’s especially important for him to feel heard and understood. A difficult task when you have no voice or muscle tone in your lips! 6 Continue to pray for complete healing and restoration for Luke. That he won’t need ventilating for up to a year as they have mentioned.

In Christ alone my hope is found, He is my light, my strength, my song; this Cornerstone, this solid Ground, firm through the fiercest drought and storm. What heights of love, what depths of peace, when fears are stilled, when strivings cease! My Comforter, my All in All, here in the love of Christ I stand.

No guilt in life, no fear in death, This is the power of Christ in me; From life’s first cry to final breath. Jesus commands my destiny. No power of hell, no scheme of man, Can ever pluck me from His hand; Till He returns or calls me home, Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.

It is in Jesus we live and move and have our being. And it is to Him we look, in good times and through the fiercest storms, to hold us and work all things out for good in our lives.

Heartfelt love and thanks

Gary and Debbie

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