"But when the people of Israel cried out to the Lord, the Lord raised up a deliverer for the people of Israel, who saved them...so the land had rest forty years." (Judges 3:7-11)
This is the theme from the book of Judges. The people of Israel rebelled and were oppressed by a foreign power, then they asked God for someone to save them, so God gave them someone and they are rescued and had peace. The problem is, though, that these judges kept dying, so when the deliverer died (only forty years later in this case) Israel turned away from God went right back to where they were. That is, until God gave them another deliverer.
Why do we need to be reminded of how it used to be? Because we have been given the Deliverer who lives forever! Through his death, we have peace, not more turmoil.
Although he owed the Israelites nothing, he continued to give them judges to bring about peace with other countries. Although he owes us nothing, he gave us his Son to bring about peace with himself! Let us be reminded that God will go to any length to be good. Keep praying!
The wonderful social worker Ian has for the weekend talked to the insurance company today, and she gave them "what for." The insurance company then agreed to let him stay at LifeCare until Monday (instead of sending him to a nursing home). Loretta even made sure to visit and pray for him.
Also, today his therapy team said they had a "very positive session." He was relatively active, and he "aahh"ed again on command.
Thank you for all you are doing, even if it's "just" praying!