GBS Update: Tuesday 18th May 2010

Thank you for running this race alongside us, and partnering with us in prayer. We apologise for the frequency of these mails if it feels like overload, but Luke’s situation feels just as acute to us today as it was when he was taken ill in March, and our need of God and His intervention is just as great. It is really helpful for us to reflect on each day, to think about what specifically needs healing and bring it all back to the One who can and does heal today.

The ventilator levels are almost back to where they were, and Luke was very bright yesterday. He does, however, tire very quickly and needs to regain strength. The main aim of the medical team at the moment is to get Luke back to where he was last week in terms of breathing and then to restart the weaning off the ventilator. This means his move to the ward is unlikely to happen this week. Luke is not discouraged by this, but sees it as having extra time for his upper body to strengthen and in particular for the use of his arms, hand and fingers to increase, before he is on the general ward. He amazes us with his attitude and humour, living with a body that doesn’t move!

Please pray with us

1 Thank God so much for protecting Luke, for holding him and for enabling Luke to know that God’s grace is sufficient for him, because His strength is made perfect in Luke’s weakness.

2 For GBS to recede and leave Luke’s body, and for its effects to be eradicated.

3 That we would continue to see improvement day after day, that God would protect him from ‘blips’!

4 For strength and grace for all of us as we run this race, that we would have open hearts to learn well the things God wants to show us through this.

‘Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord, we will wait upon the Lord

Our God You reign forever, our Hope, our Strong Deliverer

You are the everlasting God, the everlasting God, You do not faint You won’t grow weary

You’re the defender of the weak, You comfort those in need

You lift us up on wings like eagles.’

We may grow weary but He never will, we know Him sustaining us day by day. We know our God defending us, comforting us and enabling us to walk paths that we never thought possible. Who is there like Him?

With our love,

Gary and Debbie

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