We just wanted to start by thanking everyone for all your support, care, and of course prayers over that last couple of months. God has put an army around us, to pray for us and also help practically. Thank you so much for the wonderful meals which keep coming, and the ‘ironers’ who help make life at home tick over much more easily. We’re looking forward to the day when we have more time at home and will be able to fully function, including doing the ironing…… never thought I’d say that!! But that day will come we know.
Yesterday brought more good news in that Luke is now able to move his left arm in the same way as his right! So, from resting them on his chest he can raise both arms and lay them flat on the bed. His hands hang limp still, but it’s the beginning of what we’ve been praying for, namely use of his arms, hands and fingers. His observations are now done on a much less regular basis throughout the day, and the doctors decided yesterday that they only need take blood from him for tests every two weeks. Luke was delighted as the term ‘trying to get blood out of a stone’ was coined for Luke we think. They have had great difficulty extracting blood from him!
It would be good to concentrate our prayers today in asking God for the strengthening of Luke generally, but in particular his breathing. It really feels like a waiting game, in terms of Luke being well enough and his breathing strong enough to come off the ventilator. His next stage of recovery all hinges around being off the ventilator. He is very patient in this and accepts that it is a process that will take time. As for us, we are rather impatient. We long to see him moving forwards and so maybe we could ask you to pray for grace and patience for us in this too. A friend used to wear a badge that said ‘Lord, give me patience, I want it NOW!’ It feels a bit like that for us, but we know that patience is something God grows in us, especially by taking us through situations like this that take time!
‘But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.’ 2 Peter 3: 8-9
We know that God stands outside of time and His timing is perfect, so we do trust Him to bring Luke’s healing about just at the right time!
With much love,
Gary and Debbie