Still be my vision, O ruler of all.
I love this hymn, Be Thou My Vision. I want to sing to God that whatever befall, He is my vision. Whatever befalls, He is Ian's vision. Another verse says "Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,High King of heaven, my Treasure Thou art." It is so easy to let something overcrowd our hearts and take the place of Christ as being first in our hearts. Today on the way home from work I was brought to tears realizing what I have allowed to steal my affections from Christ. Yet I still have my promised inheritance of eternity with Him no matter how great and how frequent my sins are. Because Jesus died on the cross for my sins, I am washed as white as snow. "Because of His great mercy he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead." Ian is a recipient of this same grace and mercy. If he is struggling in his thoughts right now to believe true things about God or if He is praising God for all that He accomplished at the cross, the status of Ian's, and our, salvation never changes.
Today, a new speech therapist visited Ian, and she was excited to see how much Ian responded to her requests. He's very alert now that he's off of an antibiotic that made him lethargic. He shook his head 'no'. He 'helps' when we try to move him. He even rolled his eyes at one person sarcastically in a very Ian kind of way. He responds to most of what the therapists ask him to do, except for swallowing. His throat is pinkish according to a nurse and very sore (he's reported that to us for that last few days), so he won't swallow as much as he was. Something so small for us is huge for him; please pray that the Lord would heal his throat.