“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows…We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered in [the Neuro ICU and Stroke floor of Saint Joseph Hospital]. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might to rely on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. He HAS delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he WILL deliver us. On him we have set our hope that HE WILL CONTINUE to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.” Slight rewrite of 2 Corinthians 1:3-11.
I don’t think we can write anything better than this passage. It perfectly states where we are today – and where we have been!
Yesterday, Mom was moved to Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Center just down the road. It was a big moment! It felt both celebratory and completely overwhelming. There is definitely some anxiety through the transition for Mom and all of us, but we praise God that “He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and He WILL deliver us.” We trust that at Cardinal Hill “He will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers.”
Starting today Mom will have three hours of rehabilitation per day. She will be pushed in ways we can’t even imagine at this point. She truly needs prayers to “Be STRONG AND COURAGEOUS, do not be terrified, do not be afraid, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” – including Cardinal Hill.
Rehabilitation looks like Mount Everest, but we know that swallowing looked just as daunting and look what God has done! We remember and we trust. He has, He will, and He will continue to deliver us!
Please pray specifically for:
- Courage and strength
- Healing of the beginnings of thrush (not surprising with the amount of antibiotics she’s been on…but still a definite request!)
- SLEEP. Mom is struggling with sleep these days. Please pray for restful and peaceful nights that can restore her and prepare her for very difficult and exhausting days.
- No nausea. Pray for God to help her digestive system as it adjusts to medications and eating again. She has been fighting pretty bad nausea and upset stomach. Pray for relief as she heads into rehab.
Thank you for walking with us through the valley of the shadow of death! Today we feel we are on the other side…yet mountains still remain ahead. Thanks for being pilgrims with us on this difficult journey.