Sunday, November 1, 2009

CT Scan tomorrow...

Jake is hurting a bit; gets very frustrated; moves into sadness. Recovery is such a long hard road. It is so different than the hospital where doctors would check on our progress every day and give us a plan for what is going to happen. At home we move from bed to chair; get on the floor to do exercises; move to another chair; back to bed; back is hurting. Each time he gets up he still gets light headed and sometimes has a slight seizure-type reaction. Scares all of us - but we try to remain calm, knowing it will pass. Though we know it is part of the process, tomorrow I am going to check in again with the rehab doctor.

Big prayer request is for the anxiety that comes with each pain, reaction, movement - not to mention the procedures that come. Tomorrow afternoon he has a CT Scan to design the piece that goes under the current muscle flap to protect his brain. Pray for peace, patience, understanding. Thanks for praying: for those that pray once when they read and those that pray often throughout the day. God loves the prayers of those that love him - simply having a conversation with God.

I love these verses in Hebrews "...since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another - and all the more as you see the Day approaching." 10:19-25

We have an opportunity to walk into the presence of God and lay our hearts bear before the God who loves us and does not change. If you have not encountered Christ this seems like a very strange thing. That God would send his son to die may seem foolish, ludicrous, strange. For me it has become salvation, hope, comfort. I take this ability to pray far to flippantly at times. I say a prayer out of obligation or duty rather than truly entering into the presence of God. It is a spiritual movement - a strange and wonderful miracle. This all came through the cross - the beautiful representation of faith.

How strange it is that we see such beauty in an instrument of death. This was no beautiful piece of jewelry 2000 years ago - it was an object that struck fear and sorrow in the hearts of many. But that is what redemption does - it takes what is dead and breathes into it life. It takes what is bloody and shameful and brings purity and holiness. "The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing but for us who are being saved it is the power of God." 1Cor 1:18

The gathering of saints is an amazing expression of oneness. Transformation occurs in various models of community - the question facing us in this generation is: are we truly allowing the spirit of God to transform us, change us, mold us toward holiness or are we gathering to be entertained. Is our hope resting on getting from Sunday to Sunday with little difficulty and "how-to" helps? Or are we BEING THE CHURCH. Are we being transformed and doing good deeds. We gather to spur each other on toward love and good deeds. (1Cor 1:24)

We have seen the church as it has continued to come around us. Paul says in Romans 1:11-12 that we mutually encourage one another as we spiritually gift each other. It is what we long for that we would gather in a place and be able to reveal who we truly are and find there shelter of grace, love, encouragement. Not that we allow each other to be in the mud but that we are able to mutually sharpen each other as we find healing. That is recovery. That is what we are walking through together with Jacob.

In a sense we need the community around us more in the midst of recovery as we do in the facing of the tragedy - mutually encouraged.

Thanks for entering the presence of God with us - aka thanks for your prayers.

Tom (JK Daddy)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Still here with you guys. Thank you so much for being so faithful in your updates.