Thursday, June 13, 2013

update & thankfulness



And you are helping us by praying for us. Then many people will give thanks because God has graciously answered so many prayers for our safety.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as I have missed a couple days this week as our oldest daughter has had surgery.  I do want to thank everyone who has prayed, sent cards and extended kindness our way.  They are very appreciated.

We arrived home from the hospital late Tuesday evening and began to settle in.  This has not been an easy process, but Rebecca continues to improve each day. 

She had jaw surgery where her jaws were put back into alignment.  The surgery took about 8 hour.  Dr. Abubaker who did the surgery says that it went very well.  It was a tough time for Julie and me, but we were very pleased with the care our daughter got at VCU’s medical college of Virginia. 

After we arrived at home it was obvious that we are going to struggle through the recovery process that is to take 8 weeks.  Wednesday was a day of going from not eating to finally eating.  Because her jaws are closed with bands and unable to be opened she is having to eat a liquid diet through a syringe and a tub.  Her medicine is crushed and put in the liquids.  The day began with her struggling to get anything down, but by the time I got home Wednesday Rebecca had begun to learn how the process worked and was helping to feed herself.

I love our children, and I do not like to see my children in pain.  Needless to say I get a bit emotionally when it comes to my kids.  This will be a tough process, but Rebecca is pushing through.  My wife, Julie, is a great mom and nurse helping Rebecca get through.  We are grateful in big ways for everyone who is praying for us and helping us through this time.

Honestly, I get to help people a lot, but it is rare and not so easy to be the ones who are cared for.  Gives you some perspective.  I pray that I will be a better dad, husband and pastor as we move through this.

This weekend is Father’s Day.  We will have a special emphasis this Sunday at The Community Fellowship called Duck Dynasty Day.  Everyone is encouraged to wear your favorite camouflage and sport you best beard (similar to what the people on the TV show wear).  There will be gifts.  There is also a special time in our community this week.  On Friday evening at 7pm at the Rives Theater the movie Courageous will be shown (cost is $5 or $3 if you bring canned food with you).  One Saturday from 11am to 5pm there will be a community gathering in Uptown Martinsville that includes a challenge for 500 men to sign the courageous pledge.  There will be games and inflatables for kids as well as a job fair and free food.  I will be speaking before the movie Friday night and at the event on Saturday.  Pray for these events.

Once again, thank you to all those who have encouraged and prayed for our family this week.  There is more to come…

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