This will be quick –
The doctors just came to do rounds. They are keeping an eye on Allistaire’s diaper rash as this is a way in which she can get an infection. They wanted to come by to examine her during her next diaper change. The doctor told the nurse that there was a lot going on this morning and that she might not be able to come down immediately for the diaper change.
There are two new admits this morning.
One is an 8 month old with neuroblastoma with tumors all throughout the body.
One is a 12 month old.
There is another patient who is bleeding all throughout their body.
Please pray for them. “Please pray for them” feels like an understatement but there is no font attention grabbing enough, nor large enough, nor a sufficient number of exclamation points to add. No bright color will suffice. Pray for them please.
When I hear this I am reminded that things could be very different and are for others. For some pain and terror comes swiftly and knocks you off your feet. I heard that during our wild wind storm on Christmas day, a family was driving on Whidbey Island and a tree fell on their car killing their 9 year old daughter and injuring the father. In a flash their world is changed forever.
Our road appears to be a long one. But you know what, as hard as a hard long road is, there is the gift of time with the ones we love in it. Pray for those whose time is radically cut short. My heart is so weighty for them – these unknown faces and lives whose physical bodies are in a room not far from us.
Ask God over and over to help you be thankful for what He has given you. We’ve all heard it a thousand times – be thankful for what you have, but friends it really is an imperative. Don’t just nonchalantly thank God for you blessings; search them out; look around corners and under the furniture; look inside and out. Be rigorous about tracking them down. There is no blessing too small to count, for once it is gone you realize how much good it was in your life.