This comes with our thanks once again, but rather than give you a list about what to pray, to ask you to basically pray one thing today.
Luke had a low day yesterday. It didn’t start well, as when he woke there was no nurse around. He had slept with the cuff on the trache up, which meant he couldn’t speak, he didn’t have his glasses on so couldn’t see well (he is very short sighted) and obviously couldn’t move. He was left like this for what felt like a long period of time, and when a nurse did appear, she told him that his nurse for the day had had to go and work on a ward upstairs. He asked who was looking after him, and the nurse said she had no idea. On reflection, and when he was wider awake, he said she was probably joking, but because he didn’t have his glasses on, he couldn’t see her expression and said he just felt really vulnerable, wondering who was going to look after him that day. His nurse did return later and the day eventually proceeded but because of this delayed start to the day, he had only just been washed and had breakfast when I arrived at 11.30am, and was feeling quite low.
In the cold light of day, he could understand what happened, but what this highlights is just how vulnerable Luke can feel at times, and how much he is reliant on others for absolutely everything, even having a voice in the mornings and the ability to see! He says that if he knows he is getting better, and feels comfortable, then he is happy but yesterday that did not happen.
So we’d like to ask you all to pray for Luke today to know God’s strength, courage, comfort, love and peace on him all day. Please ask God to give him hope for the future too, we know He will because that is what He has promised us in the bible.
Many of you have asked how we as a family are doing, thank you so much for your care. Family life has been put on hold for the time being as we are all spending much of our time at the hospital or at work. Gary is back at work, visiting Luke every night, and some lunchtimes, but is finding it very hard to engage with work. I leave here every day at about 11.15am and return at about 8.30pm, and my day consists mainly of being with Luke on the ward and waiting outside whilst they turn him etc. I feed him, we chat, read, listen to music, do some stretches, pray……Ben and Joel have been fantastic, but life is hard for them both, as they are often here alone.
We all long for the day when life returns to some normality and know that without God this would be a completely hopeless path to walk…..
‘But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.’ 2 Cor 12:9 In and of ourselves we cannot do this, BUT we know God strengthening us every day. We pray that this walk for us as a family will bring great glory to Him, who is able to do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine.
With our love
Gary and Debbie