GBS Update: Monday 19th July 2010

We just wanted to start by thanking you for remaining with us in prayer, on a journey that will take time and effort, yet one which we hope will honour God, both in the day to day living of it, and in its final outcome. We appreciate very much those who keep in touch and encourage us still – Luke is doing so well, but some days we wake up tired and I think today is one of those days!

We had a really lovely weekend with Luke at home. He had a very busy Saturday and a very sleepy Sunday. On Saturday he saw family from Sussex and went to an old school friend’s surprise birthday gathering in the afternoon. I think it felt a bit odd being taken and collected by his parents at the age of 25, but he suffered it with grace!! The bedroom in the dining room worked well for him. On Sunday he was very tired, and spent a lot of the day resting. Pacing is proving to be very important, and being at home requires a significant amount more effort for him. We took Luke back to the hospital at about 9pm yesterday and are grateful for the care available to us in the NHS. It is something we take for granted, but when we reflect on the total package Luke has received and continues to receive to help him on his journey to recovery, we are so thankful. So as we embark on another week, please join us in praying to the Father who cares beyond measure

1 For Sustenance, grace and energy for the week ahead. Luke has a full week planned, with Physio, OT, visitors and even a trip out. All things that we just embrace and get on with when we are well, but now all these things are so totally absorbing for him.

2 For strength to continue to return, and that Luke won’t be hindered by increasing activity but actually that he will thrive

‘As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him; for He knows how we are formed, He remembers that we are dust. As for man, his days are like grass, he flourishes like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more. But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear Him, and His righteousness with their children’s children…’ Psalm 103:13-17

We know that as we continue to look to Jesus He strengthens us and gives us grace enough for today. His ways are not our ways, and though sometimes our journey is bumpy He is with us every step.

With our love and thanks

Gary and Debbie

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