– Written by Anna –
Today I finally had the courage to look through my Mom’s notebook. For those of you who know her you know that it is never far from her. A few days ago when she was communicating better she told me she needed it with her in the hospital room because it was her ‘brain on paper’. I cried as I saw so many of your names in it. She had several pages of names. Those that she was carrying in prayer last week as she faced her own upcoming surgery. She also had names of missionaries to give to and some notes from sermons and others that Jesus used to give me strength to face the new day. While encouraged is a strong word for the week we have experienced, we are not in the pit that we have been in the last three days. She is stable, a little more alert and while she is still far more difficult to understand than a few days ago, she is trying to communicate again and asking for water repeatedly again. Hard, but good signs.
- Against pneumonia and infection of any kind. Pray for her to be able to successfully cough all that fluid up. This was better today, but still not out of the woods.
- for the incision in her head and side to heal well. Her head is itching terribly today.
- for the left side of her body and for restoration.
- for deep abiding peace as these days are so hard and we can’t be with her all the time.
- that she will be able to swallow at some point soon.
- for deep breaths as one of her lungs has collapsed due to surgery and stroke.
At one of the worst moments yesterday she motioned for me to get her the cross that a sweet friend gave her. She held it up trying to see it and then proceeded to feel every little part of it and her lips started moving. The doctors and nurses may disagree but knowing my mom she was praying and nestling into the sufferings and comfort of Jesus in a way she never has before at truly her lowest moment.
Thank you for praying for her (and us) through the night. None of these days are good days but yesterday was a real low for all of us. And yet once again He is with us! He gave us strength to get up and face a new day. And today we say thank you Jesus for no steps backwards. Keep asking Him with us for some baby steps forward.
We love you all and are so thankful that just as she has carried so many of you in prayer, you are now carrying her and us! What a gift!