Mar 16, 2009

Ian's First Post

Ian wanted this to be his first message on the blog. He wrote it this afternoon.


Jan B said...

Oh, Ian, you are so very welcome! I have tears streaming down my face after reading the previous post about your birthday laugh for Larissa, and now seeing the message you wrote. To God be the glory!
A sister in Christ,

Anonymous said...

Praise God!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That is utterly incredible.

-The Kims!

Anonymous said...

Ian -

Amanda and I keep looking over and over again at your message to everyone.

We are floored by God's mercy.

Thank you for working so hard!!


Anonymous said...

Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name!
2 Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits,
3who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
4who redeems your life from the pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
5who satisfies you with good
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

6The LORD works righteousness
and justice for all who are oppressed.

What else is there to say, but to bless the Lord for His goodness even in times of trouble. I know that this has been extremely difficult for all of you, but those of us that have been witnesses see the testimony to God's grace and righteousness. May His Name be exalted!
jenny in WI

The Dowgies said...

Praise God! That is so awesome. We are continuing to pray everyday for complete healing.

Anonymous said...

I am in tears.

Praise God! And rest assured we are continuing to pray.

Wendy Glosser said...

I've never met you, never expect to...but I pray because it is my privilege as a believer. I am crying and praising the Lord for the birthday gift and this amazing message from Ian!! I am going to continue to trust for more miracles!

Anonymous said...

I will keep praying!
Thank you Lord!

Wendy, NC

Anonymous said...

You are sooooo welcome and thank you for your message in return! What a gift, that so many of us take for granted - the written word. Praising Him for every gift from above!!!!! Happy Birthday Larissa and please know you both will continue to be in my prayers! Looking forward to meeting you one day Larissa with Ian by your side! Ditto to "God be the glory, great things He hath done!"

Oh Lord, our Lord. How majestic is Thy Name in all the earth! Psalm 8

A sister in Christ from CFC Wayne, PA.

Sharon said...

Hallelujah! This stokes my prayers for you all...Blessings on your week ahead,

Nora :) said...

Rejoicing with you. Praising God for His mercy and for you. Yay!

Annie said...

Wow, I've been waiting for the day Ian could post on the blog. I have tears in my eyes.

Ian- you're welcome and I'm continuing to pray!

~Annie (who briefly went to Sunday school class with your cousin)

Anonymous said...

Praise God! Tears of joy sprang to my eyes (and keep springing)! Halleluia! We will pray even harder!

Chris and Audra Barrick

Matt said...

Amazing! Just amazing!

Looking forward to more of these encouraging posts my friend. Keep pressing on to the goal!

-G-burg Matt

Anonymous said...

Ian, isn't God good!!!

Janice Phillips said...

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!!!!!!

Carina said...

Praise God!!! Ian,we may never meet this side of eternity, but it has been my privilege to pray for you and follow your journey. I have a son named Ian who is now 9 years old and he always asks how you are doing! I can't wait until he wakes up tomorrow morning, so I can share with him how our God is answering prayers on your behalf!

With much affection,

Carina in SoCal

Tina said...

Oh my. I am in tears over here! That is so amazing!

Anonymous said...

Oh, Ian!
This is SO wonderful!!!
How kind of you to have a "thank you" as the first message to us from your blog!
I am sitting at work at my computer, teary-eyed, like so many others who will read this message from you. I'm just picturing them as they scroll down the pictures in your blog and would like to see their expressions on their faces as they read what you wrote...wouldn't you?
I'm picturing you, too, as you wrote this message to us. Was it hard for you to do? Was it not so hard? Do you have more to tell us? Please blog again as soon as you can!
Thank You, Lord, for answered prayer! You are working in Ian's life and we see the fruit of Your work. Thank You for working in our lives as well as we depend on You for everything. You are a kind and loving God and Father; we are so blessed to be Your children. Please continue to heal Ian, in Jesus name.

Still Praying!

Mary Ann K.

Anonymous said...

Praise the Lord! You are SO welcome!

Anonymous said...

You're SO SO welcome, Ian!!!! I am speechless.

Praise God!!!


Anonymous said...

You're welcome, Ian! Praise the Lord! How wonderful to get a message, Ian, straight from your hand. We will keep praying for you and rejoicing with you.

Anonymous said...

With tears of JOY!!!! We thank YOU for your faith and trust! You are so welcome AND the prayers will continue till you can SAY those words! Rene

grey_pumpkin said...

yes!! awesome. so encouraging

Joy Z said...

You are most welcome, Ian! Isn't God kind to let us into your journey via this blog so that we all may rejoice in his healing power and grace to you and your family? I will continue to pray!

Bernadine said...

This brought tears to my eyes.
Our God is indeed an awesome God!
Continuing in prayer,

Anonymous said...

Ian you are most welcome and please pray for us also.

Praise be God

Anonymous said...

How amazing and special! Thank you, Ian & Laris for being Christ-like examples through it all. I love you both & can't wait to hear Ian speak those words :)

Anonymous said...

I don't often comment on here, mostly because I have never met you, and most likely never will, however, I check everyday to see if there are any updates on how you are doing, and I continue to pray for you often. Today I was blown away to see your post. God is good Ian, and I will keep on praying for you.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the message. We look forward to many more posts from you.
If I may ask, what are you writing on and writing with? How long does it take to write? We knew you were trying to speak again; we had no idea that you were writing. Wow! I feel like shouting.
Our family prays for you regularly.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful! How delighted we were to see a post FROM Ian!! We will keep praying for you.

The Mellingers from Living Hope

Anonymous said...

You are so very welcome, sweet boy!

Anonymous said...

What a treat to read your post!!! I am thanking God for rescuing you, for healing you, for sustaining you. I will continue to pray for healing, for grace to persevere, and against the temptation to doubt God's goodness.
Thank you for the encouragement you have been to me over the last two years.
Your sister in Christ,
Jo (in Chile)

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful message!!!!
We continue to pray!!
Lucy & Rod

Anonymous said...

Ian -- I think of you , Larissa ,and your family often-- the message is heartwarming and we all love to pray for you !

Sara said...

Way to go Ian!

So good to see the fruit of prayers this side of heaven.

Continuing to pray with even more hope to see God fully heal you.

Amber said...

That was beautiful Ian :) My God continue to bless you and keep you every single day of your long life ahead of you.
Love and Prayers,
Amber Dreese

lis said...

Rejoicing with you, Ian! And praying for you and seeing God work for you and in you is such a privilege!

Lis in Jerusalem

Kristi said...

you made me cry! :o)

Anonymous said...

You are welcome. It's the least we can do for you considering all you've experienced and done. Besides, God's used this to help me pray for others more. So, thank you!

- Steve, Beth, and Noah in Gaithersburg, MD

Heidi said...

Amen. Wow. Thank you thank you thank you God! You're so welcome, Ian, it has been a blessing to pray for you.

*Goes off praising God all the more for His goodness*

Anonymous said...

WOW God is amazing!!!!!!!!
Praying for you.
Lolly DiMaio
Covenant Fellowship Church

Anonymous said...

YAY YAY YAY YAY!! Wonderful to see words from Ian. Thank you Lord for the ability to hear words from Ian and thank you Ian for sharing this exciting ability. Megan Fera

Marshall said...


I am so glad to pray, especially when God answers like this! I rejoice with you! I will keep praying and I KNOW you will keep fighting this battle. God is almighty and He is there helping you!

If I had been in your place, I would have made sure my first words were "Thank you !" I am guessing you already thanked God and Larissa. I am sure you know that Larissa is the greatest girl you could possibly imagine!

Jenn Grover said...

Wow! Yeah!!!!

Anonymous said...

I've been praying and waiting for the day when you would be able to post a message!
You have brought smiles to many faces today as we all marvel at the Lord's work in your life!!
Wendy in Maryland

Anonymous said...

Wow. The significance of the moment is hard to respond to with words. We are so happy to hear from you, Ian! We will continue to pray for you.

Cynthia Haughery

Paula said...

From down in New Orleans, more significantly - close friends of the Berger's! - there's no way to say how sweet it is to read this post!

God's mercy has been so evident in your trial and your perseverance.

We will continue to pray for you all!

Matt and Paula Mason

Anonymous said...

Never have so many been so impressed by so few words. :D Keep up the hard work, Ian! We're still praying!

--Aimee in Texas

Anonymous said...

We are so humbled to be able to pray for you! We are so thankful that the Lord is working in your life. We will continue to pray! And you are welcome Ian!
A sister and brother in Christ from Calvary Fellowship Wayne, PA

Katie said...

It is a joy to pray for you and an even greater joy to see God being glorified in your life even in this trial.

Anonymous said...

oh you guys, you are are welcome! i wish you could know how reading your stories and praying for you has helped me!!!

Anonymous said...

hey ian and larissa- the earth trembling in sullivan county with all the loud amens and halleluyahs!!oh thank-you Jesus for your power and grace.we continie to pray and rejoice.jb and mj

Anonymous said...

yeah, dawg.

Anonymous said...

PRAISE THE LORD! When Brenda told me this AM after church that you had a message for all of us, I was filled with tears of JOY! I'm so proud of all the hard work you put into your recovery! I know that in your weakness, He is strong! He is continuing the healing process in your body and your level of commitment and faith inspire me as well as many others! Keep up the great work! Love in Christ, Heidi

Anonymous said...

Praise God! That is so awesome :) I never knew Ian really well, but I was in Cru at IUP and have been following the blog every once in awhile. God is so awesome -- and prayer is so powerful!!

Courtney D.

Transitions and Trends said...

oh my goodness... that was so exciting to read... i feel like ive been waiting for that for a long time and didn't even know it.....

im very happy.

bekah walker

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Anonymous said...

I have prayed for you every day (since seeing your video) and will continue to do so! (For Larissa, too!)

God bless you.

Casey S.