GBS Updates: Wednesday 28th July 2010

Thank you once again for all your support and prayers especially for the Goal Planning Meeting which took place on Monday. It seems that Luke is making good progress in lots of areas. He is managing much of his own care and strength is returning throughout his body. It was agreed, however, that his discharge date be put back to mid September. This is because the team are keen that Luke walks out of rehab, rather than being pushed in a wheelchair. We are told that the longer he is in rehab, the shorter will be his recovery time overall. This is because once he comes home, therapy will be reduced significantly, and therefore his predicted rehabilitation will be prolonged.

With this in mind, they are keen to get him moving and are intending to help him to try to take his first steps today. This will be with the use of a gutter frame – which is very similar to a zimmer frame. So please come with us in prayer to the God who created Luke and has only the best in mind for him – and for us

1 Please pray that Luke will be able to take his first steps today. He cannot stand for very long, as his legs give way after a few minutes. Please pray for strength to return and that his legs will once again start to function as God intended

2 Luke seems quite at peace about his delayed discharge date, please pray that he will continue to see that God’s timing is perfect and that he can trust it is the very best for him

3 That God will continue to pour out his healing on Luke – body, mind and spirit and that in the busy-ness of hospital life Luke will find rest in Jesus

It seems odd in some ways, after all that Luke has been through that we as parents should find this season quite a hard one to walk. He is so well in many ways, and his life no longer depends on a machine to keep him alive, and yet there is something about seeing your strong, grown man son struggle with everyday tasks and there is very little you can do. Whilst we are made in the image of God, it is good to be reminded that we are not God! Therefore, we are limited in our understanding and needful of the One who sees the bigger picture. And this is what God always intended for all of us – a relationship where we lean and depend on Him.

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

With our love and grateful thanks for continuing with us

Gary and Debbie

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