GBS Updates: Monday 28th June 2010

From Luke, written by hand Sunday 27 June

An old friend reminded me a couple of weeks ago to remember to look back at how far I have come, rather than solely to dwell on how far there is yet to go. So today, at the beginning of a new week, and three months to the day since I was admitted to the Royal Hallamshire in Sheffield, I am doing just that.

This morning a member of staff brought me an article from the Mail on Sunday’s review supplement, featuring Alex Uttley, leader of Britain’s Got Talent’s winning act Spelbound. He is the same age as me, but had Guillain Barre Syndrome five years ago. What interested me in particular was that the paper quoted a doctor from this hospital saying that Alex’s case was ‘severe’. Alex was in hospital for twelve days. I was left wondering how that doctor would describe my case! And with a sense of thankfulness to a God who has sustained me through a condition which is worse than severe – indeed over a whole period of time during which I have been close to death. Recently I have been struck again by the words of a song which expresses this so well – the words come alive in my circumstances.

Who, oh Lord, could save themselves,

Their own soul could heal?

Our shame was deeper than the sea

Your grace is deeper still

You alone can rescue, You alone can save

You alone can lift us from the grave

You came down to find us, led us out of death

To You alone belongs the highest praise

You, oh Lord, have made a way

The great divide You heal

For when our hearts were far away

Your love went further still

Yes, your love goes further still

You alone can rescue, You alone can save

You alone can lift us from the grave

You came down to find us, led us out of death

To You alone belongs the highest praise

So it is with a deep sense of gratitude that I begin the week asking Him for more. After a great weekend seeing family, friends and my lovely dog Barney, I would love to go home soon! I am planning on asking the team again tomorrow to get me ready to visit soon. Please pray with me that all the relevant steps would be in place very soon.

Then there is the strength and movement in my limbs. These are always improving – there is momentum. So much I could say, but I hope to fill you in in tomorrow’s update!

Thank you once again for standing with me through the severest of times.

Much Love

Luke x

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