GBS Update: Wednesday 21st July 2010

Last evening was a very special one especially for Luke, but actually for all of us. A few months ago we were invited to the retirement concert of Luke’s very dear music teacher. At that time Luke was still on ICU, but immediately wanted us to book tickets and so very tentatively, we asked the school to reserve three seats. This evening became his first long term rehab goal and Luke was determined to be there if he was well enough – and he made it! It was a really wonderful evening especially for him to see Mr Stannard and so many old friends. We too were so heartened by meeting old friends, many of whom we haven’t seen for many years, but they have prayed alongside us since the end of March. We also met people we don’t even know, who spoke to us telling us they have been praying. What an awesome God we have, we can’t describe our gratitude! It was the first night out for all of us since Luke was first taken ill, and one we will remember for a very long time. We thought that we would start from this week, sending out an update three times a week. We have been and continue to be so grateful for all your love, support and prayers, and last night was evidence of the effect of them. Luke’s healing has been rapid for GBS, but even though he has come such a long way, in many ways he still has a long way to go and we need the healing hand of our Father God as much today as we did at the outset, which is why we will continue to update and ask you to pray. Please continue with us, we don’t want to overload you, but do want to seek God’s face every step of the way.

So come with us to the God who longs for intimate relationship with the people He created

1 To thank Him for His evident healing work in Luke, and that after many months of ill health he was well enough not only to attend last night but also to enjoy the whole evening

2 To ask for energy for Luke, he was very tired yesterday morning and didn’t get up until after lunch. Please pray that he won’t be overtired today

3 Please continue to pray for movement in his feet and for overall body strength. The OT told me yesterday that sensation in his hands is returning well, but they are still very weak – as is a lot of his body. But, it is only a few weeks since he was unable to breathe by himself even, so let’s pray in faith for an increase in general strength for Luke

4 For God to continue to speak to Luke about his future. We know God has plans for each of our lives, please pray that Luke will know His guidance for the next season

‘Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to You I pray. In the morning, O LORD, You hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before You and wait in expectation…….. let all who take refuge in You be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread Your protection over them, that those who love Your name may rejoice in You. For surely, O LORD, You bless the righteous; You surround them with Your favour as with a shield.’ Psalm 5

David, who wrote this Psalm was a fallible man just like us, yet he knew that in spite of his failings God loved him. Knowing God’s heart for him, he could cry out to God every day and wait in expectation that God would answer. And it is the same for us now

With much love and many thanks

Gary and Debbie

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