GBS Update: Tuesday 1st June 2010

Thank you to everyone for praying for Luke over the weekend. He had a good weekend, and enjoyed visits from family and close friends. His limbs seem to be gaining in strength all the time, although he still cannot lift anything off the bed! He was told by the Physios overseeing his care at the weekend, that they thought it would be good for Luke to come up with his own timetable for weaning off the ventilator, with the aim of being off the ventilator all day by the end of this week, but still on it at night. We thought this was amazing as they had no idea that Luke had specifically asked you to pray for his sluggish lungs! Yesterday he had a session in the stretch chair, which is always a form of exercise for him, plus one two and a half hour session and a two hour session off the ventilator with the trache mask. This is big progress from last week, when he was having four sessions of 5 minutes a day.

He was, however, very tired last night when we left him, and his blood pressure was low. Whilst we desperately want Luke to be weaned off the ventilator ASAP, our concern is that he doesn’t overdo it and have another relapse. We feel the tension of being in faith for miraculous healing, which we know our God could bring about at any time, whilst at the same time seeing the reality of lungs that are still weak, and the knowledge that sometimes God delays longer than we would like. Luke had several visitors over the weekend, who hadn’t seen him for 2 or 3 weeks, and they were amazed at the difference in him! So our prayer requests for today are centred on thanking our Mighty God for all He’s done so far and continuing to look to Him for healing

1 Thank Jesus so much for the obvious outworking of healing in Luke’s body so far.

2 Please pray for Luke’s lungs to go from strength to strength, that God would pour His healing power into his lungs especially. That God would completely protect Luke from any further relapses.

3 For wisdom for the medical team overseeing Luke, that they wouldn’t push him too hard or too slowly, but that the weaning plan would be paced just right for Luke’s body.

4 For Luke to continue to have goals for the future that are achievable for him and encouraging to him, and that God would continue to give him grace and patience.

‘Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.’ Romans 4:18-21

God has given us so many promises over Luke’s life and we are fully persuaded that He has the power to do what He has promised! Luke’s body is weak, but He is mighty, and we continue to look to Him and trust Him. Thank you for continuing to stand with us.

With our love,

Gary and Debbie

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