Jun 30, 2007
Jun 28, 2007
On my way home from work today, I got stuck in a huge thunderstorm. It was one of those storms that left huge puddles in the road and my car kept getting pulled into the puddles. I was pretty nervous driving through the storm- my wipers were going as fast as they could and it still wasn't keeping my windshield clear.
Jun 26, 2007
Jun 24, 2007
Let this encourage us that God has not forgotten Ian! God has given Ian a reason to worship him.
In Christ alone my hope is found;
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This cornerstone, this solid ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My comforter, my all in all—
Here in the love of Christ I stand.
In Christ alone, Who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones He came to save.
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied;
For ev'ry sin on Him was laid—
Here in the death of Christ I live.
There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain;
Then bursting forth in glorious day,
Up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory,
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me;
For I am His and He is mine—
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.
No guilt in life, no fear in death—
This is the pow'r of Christ in me;
From life's first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No pow'r of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home—
Here in the pow'r of Christ I'll stand.
Jun 22, 2007
He was eating pudding tonight. He was cleared to start eating things with the consistency of honey or liquids thickened to that consistency, so tonight he got pudding. There's a delay before he swallows, but we've been told that the delay is to be expected. It's fairly typical for someone in his condition. Improvement for him will include a quicker response time in his swallowing, but he's improved to this point already where he's actually swallowing. He wasn't even doing that before.
Someone asked about his "rating" on the coma scale. Just to be clear, he is still in a coma. The scales are used just for discussion and provide a framework for treatment, but giving him another rating on the scale isn't like graduating him from first grade to second grade. There just isn't a clear break like that, and it's a matter of opinion as to where he falls on the scale. And, at this point, we're less concerned about his place on the scale and more concerned with evidence of progress. That's why we talk less now about his place on the scale.
Thank you for praying for Ian.
Jun 21, 2007
Jun 20, 2007
Ian was with a therapist today who was trying to get him to give a high five. To the therapist's disappointment, Ian wouldn't do it. Later, as I recounted this story it occurred to me he wouldn't have done that before wreck; it's highly unlikely he would do it now. Larissa asked him, then, to hold her hand. Ian did that. She asked him to do it again. He did it again. The therapist chimed in and said that if he did it again that would be a sign of consistency (something everyone has been looking for from the beginning). Larissa asked him to hold her hand again. Again, he reached out his hand took hers. He's slowly making progress.
He continues to have back pain. Please pray. It keeps him from doing things we think that he could do.
Thank you for your prayers.
Jun 19, 2007
"Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus. But seeing the man who was healed standing beside them, they had nothing to say in opposition. "
Jun 17, 2007
Thank you for all your encouragement on the blog. It's pretty overwhelming to see how many are praying for Ian. I read a bunch of your comments to Ian. There are so many I have to do it in groups.
Jun 15, 2007
Thank you all
Jun 14, 2007
Jun 13, 2007
1 Peter 1:3-7 According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope
through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, as was necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire – may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
I long for heaven. There the good that I'll experience is not temporary or fleeting or fading or tainted by trials. Here on earth, any good is temporary. Car wrecks taint life. Things are taken away from us. We don't always experience things we would prefer. My emotional investment and the focus of my faith can't be the things of this life, but my hope has to be in that imperishable inheritance that's kept in heaven for me. So many dreams and things and relationships throw me off and distract my longing for heaven. I need to hold out for what's best; I need to hold out for heaven.
Ian had a lazy day today. He wasn't very alert and was tired most of the day. We were told at the Children's Institute that his recovery process would include days like this along with the active days. He slept a lot, and that's good. He's recovering.
Thank you for praying.
Jun 11, 2007
"Noah was so shut in that no evil could reach him. Floods did but lift him heavenward, and winds did but waft him on his way. Outside of the ark all was ruin, but inside all was rest and peace. Without Christ we perish, but in Christ Jesus there is perfect safety. Noah was so shut in that he could not even desire to come out, and those who are in Christ Jesus are in him forever."
My good friend shared this devotion from Spurgeon with me and how it made her think of Ian. What she shared was such good truth to line up against my fears in this situation.
I have no idea what kind of place Ian is in right now, but the Lord has shut him in there in divine love and has shut Himself in there with Ian. Ian has expressed to us several times that he can feel God's presence, showing us that his accident, in comparison to Noah's flood, "did but lift him heavenward." In Christ, there is rest and peace and there is perfect safety. To be experiencing this communion with the Lord is far better for Ian than to be back here with us. While we will continue to pray that he would return to us and continue to believe that it would be a good thing for him to be completely healed, there is sweet comfort knowing who he's with in the meantime.
Ian has been nodding his head a lot for us today to communicate "yes." We continue to see great steps like this leading us back to our Ian.
Thank you for praying.
He's been swallowing more lately and doing it more quickly after being asked to swallow. That's a good thing...like sit-ups for the tongue.
Thank you for praying...I know so many are.
Jun 8, 2007
Jun 7, 2007
What a strange thing to think about learning to balance yourself all over again.
Pray for grace for Ian to keep trying hard. Thanks.
Jun 6, 2007
As I've thought back to those last days and weeks in the Children's Institute, I've realized how far Ian has come. He's very alert. He cooperates most of the time with those who try to work with him. He tracks us now. He communicates afirmative answers through a long blink. He seems to know what's happening around him. He seems to want to work hard. He's swallowing. These all sound minor, but compared to those last days in the hospital he's come a long way. Bringing him home was definitely the best course of action. I don't know what's around the bend, but I trust God.
Psalm 46 says, "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling." I wonder if a primitive Jew like the writer of this psalm could have imagined many other things more frightening than the mountains heaving up and sliding into the sea. Yet, the writer puts his confidence in the One who controls all things including the mountains and the sea. Though I don't know exactly what's around the bend, God is my refuge and strength.
Thank you for your continuing prayers. They have accomplished much.
Jun 5, 2007
We spent some time worshipping with Ian tonight and he seemed very relaxed during our time with him.
Thank you for praying.