Sunday, September 06, 2009

It was good to be encouraged by so many folks at church today who asked about Mark and said they’d been praying.  I praise God that He has given us brothers and sisters who use their gifts in the body of Christ to love, encourage, rebuke, restore, teach, give, and so on.  You have ministered to our family and we are praying that God would send along just the right people to help Mark in the days ahead.

Anna is teaching first grade in Florida.  She was able to come up for a very short visit since it is Labor Day weekend.  We have a great picture of Anna and Paul with Mark at the hospital, but I have to wait until Anna gets back to FL in order to post it.  In addition to Anna and Miles visiting, some other extended family visited, which Mark really enjoyed.  Our parents are there every day, of course.  In fact Dad in his kindness filled Mark’s request today for Jimmy John’s.  🙂

Mark seems to be slowly improving.  Pray for his leg, though.  I am not medically trained, so I will try to explain the situation as best I can.  In order to save the leg, both sides of the lower leg were opened up deep and wide.  The wounds are cleaned and covered with black sponge-like material and a clear thin plastic covering about every two or three days.  It is still swollen about twice the normal size.  There is a pump in his leg that is continuously pulling out fluid.  The hope is that eventually the swelling will go down enough to close the wounds.  Most likely skin grafts will be needed.  The pump’s container wasn’t emptied properly yesterday, so the fluid built up quite significantly and has caused some problems.  We are hoping that the same situation will not happen again, and that the leg will be cleaned and re-wrapped tomorrow since it has been leaking significantly since the pump problem. 

Mark also had a stabilizer boot put on his foot today to position it up so that the muscles and nerves get stronger and so that he doesn’t develop “drop foot.”  He seems to be regaining more of his hearing, too.  He was able to get out of bed today and go a very short distance on a walker with help.

Lamentations 3 has been a source of comfort and promise for us: 

This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope.  The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I have hope in Him.” The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him.”

There are many reasons we will praise God when we get to heaven.   One reason will certainly be for His great mercy.  This is the last verse from a song sung this morning at church:

 Merciful God, oh abounding in love, faithful to keep us from falling;

Guiding our ways with Your fatherly heart, growing our faith with each testing.

God speed the day struggles will end; faultless we’ll gaze on Your glory.

Then we will stand overwhelmed by the mercy of God.    (Getty and Townend, 2006)


1 Response to “Sunday, September 06, 2009”

  1. 1 Marcia Ritchardson
    September 7, 2009 at 11:06 am

    Thank you for taking the time to post this info / updates – it helps us to know how to specifically pray for Mark and your family!
    Praying often for all of you!

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