Today none of us were able to make it to the Children's Institute to see Ian. It makes us kind of sad to think of him going all day and not hearing the most familiar voices and not feeling the most comforting touches that he knows. And we just miss him when we're not there.
Tomorrow (Friday) we will have our second meeting with the entire team that works with him there. It will include therapists, his doctor, a dietition, social workers, Larissa, Steve, and me. They will try to get us all caught up on his treatment and progress. Please pray that he makes regular progress in therapy because that is what they need to see to justify his stay there. They have to show that it is a real benefit to him.
Although we are looking forward to the day he comes home and we are making plans to accommodate our house to serve his needs we know that the longer he can stay at Children's the more it will benefit him. That is, unless the Lord miraculously heals him, which would be my personal choice.
This morning I found the words of Charles Spurgeon particularly sweet. "Weren't you ever in tight situations before, and didn't He deliver you? Arise, go to the river of your experience, and pull up a few bulrushes, and braid them into an ark, wherein your childlike faith may float safely on the stream. Don't forget what your God has done for you; turn over the pages of your mind, and remember the days gone by. ...Haven't you ever been helped in time of need? On the contrary! I know you have. Go back, then, a little way to the choice mercies of yesterday, and though all may be dark, light up the lamps of the past they shall glitter through the darkness, and you shall trust in the Lord until the day breaks and the shadows flee away. 'Remember, O Lord, your great mercy and love, for they are from long ago.'"
This quote from Morning and Evening especially made me think about the mercies that I've seen in Ian's life before the accident: the many times he sought prayer for difficult situations and was so grateful to see God answer them, the changes he saw in his own life when he humbled himself under the mighty hand of God and the gratitude he regularly expressed for the forgivness of his sins because of Jesus' death on the cross.
Because of His kindness in the past, I know there will be future grace for where He takes us.
Mary (Ian's mother)