‘Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honour, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he ploughed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls! ‘ Hebrews12:2-3 The Message
We’re into our sixth week of this journey, and it’s starting to feel a bit like a marathon, but these verses remind us of what Jesus endured, and that he has gone before us and finished the race we’re in, so we fix our eyes on Him!
Luke had a really good day yesterday. When we arrived in the morning, he was in a lot of pain in his feet, for a good couple of hours. When this pain comes it takes all his concentration and is quite overwhelming. The Consultant upped his medication when he came round and by early afternoon Luke was a lot more comfortable. After that, the day got better and better! He spent about 25 minutes off the ventilator, with just an oxygen mask over the trache. He was chatting with us during this time and quite comfortable. His pucker is almost there, so the Consultant wanted to try him with some water. Luke was able to suck the water from a straw, and was delighted. He was told he can now start to try very soft food, and later on in the day, he enjoyed a pot of apricot yogurt! He had a huge smile on his face, and said he thinks apricot yogurt will now be one of his favourite things, despite it being his least favourite flavour before! He told us when we came to go home that he’d had a good day ‘eating, drinking and being merry!!’ This feels like a real milestone for him. He says that when he is comfortable and feeling that he’s getting better, he’s quite happy. Luke proudly told me on Sunday afternoon, that he’d had an arm wrestle with Gary – and won! His arms are gaining strength, even though he can’t move them by himself, so we see progress day after day! Thank you so much for your prayers, we really weren’t expecting him to be eating and drinking yesterday – what an answer to prayer and what a treat!
Please continue to pray
1 For his pucker to completely get there, it’s well on the way
2 For pain relief to continue to ‘hit the spot’
3 For a rapid weaning off the ventilator – 25 minutes yesterday was a big improvement, please pray for more!
4 For increased strength to his diaphragm, he says he can start to feel it strengthening
5 Continue to pray for complete healing and restoration
6 For Luke to rest in the amazing father heart God has towards him
Thank you for your care, your heart for Luke and your prayers. God is faithful and we do trust him to heal Luke and to bless each of you as you intercede with us for him.
With our love,
Gary and Debbie