Weekend Update on Mark

Today Mark has been doing well.  When I talked to him on the phone, I asked how his head looked.  (He has a bald area on his head with a wound that resulted from being in the same position while unconscious for so long.)  His response to my question about how his head looked was, “Well, its kind of oval and it has these two things called ears sticking out on either side…”  Very funny, Mark.

Yesterday morning Mom was able to finally talk with the surgeon.  He was very clear that Mark would be staying in the hospital until the skin grafts are done.  It was a relief to get a definitive answer.  He took another culture to see if the infection is clearing up.  Mark is on good antibiotics, but the particular infection he has can be dangerous and resistant to antibiotic.  Everything looks good so far and we are praying that the infection will be gone quickly.

Mark has a terrific nurse named Tina.  She is very kind and helpful.  Today he decided he would assist her with his wound change.  Mom took a picture of it which you can see if you click here (this is the small side). Very few people saw a picture of the original wounds, but having compared them this evening, the difference is remarkable.  When you look at his leg every day it is hard to notice the change, but as I saw the picture from a couple of weeks ago, I was amazed at how much smaller it looks in comparison.  God has been answering prayer!

Every night or two when I sit down to write this post, I have to sort things out in my mind because days and events start to run together.  Usually it is late and I want to relay the latest details and get some rest.  (Not sure why sitting in a hospital room can be so tiring!)  Sometimes it is important to take a step back, think about the big picture, and reflect on what has been happening.  Our church is doing a “Read through the Bible Program” this year.  I am behind a bit, but was reading in 1 Samuel 12 this morning and was encouraged by what Samuel spoke to the people of Israel after they went against the Lord by insisting on having an earthly king: 

Samuel said to the people, “Do not fear.  You have committed all this evil, yet do not turn aside from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart.”(20)

“For the Lord will not abandon His people on account of His great name, because the Lord has been pleased to make you a people for Himself.  Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin again the Lord by ceasing to pray for you; but I will instruct you in the good and right way.  Only fear the Lord and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you.” (22-25)

As I sat in the ER on Monday for so many hours, surrounded by a multitude of hurting people, I couldn’t help but be overwhelmed by how blessed we are.  Sure, Mark was agonizing like many of the other people.  However, after two near-death experiences, he could very well be like the young man inches away from us who was a quadriplegic with a tracheotomy whose compassionate mother continually wiped his mouth.

Far greater than physical life and health and healing, our family is deeply grateful to God for spiritual life that we have because of Jesus Christ and what He did for us at Calvary.  If you want to know more about this, click here to listen to our pastor explain.   As I looked around that packed ER room, the physical suffering was sad, but the thought of spiritual hopelessness was much sadder, and I still think about it.  If it were not for the grace of God, I could have been sitting in any one of those other chairs.  None of us knows what tomorrow may bring, but for those of us who know the only true and living God and His Son Jesus Christ, there is no fear or worry or dread or uncertainty.  We have absolute confidence that God is in control, that He does what is good, and that we will be with Him forever in heaven someday.  Our dad, Ken Haan, came home today.  I’ll close with the text of a hymn that is one of his favorites, “When We See Christ.” 

Oft times the day seems long, our trials hard to bear;

We’re tempted to complain, To murmur and despair;

But Christ will soon appear, To catch His Bride away,

All tears forever over, In God’s eternal day.


It will be worth it all, When we see Jesus;

Life’s trials will seem so small, when we see Christ;

One glimpse of His dear face, All sorrow will erase,

So bravely run the race, Till we see Christ.


Sometimes the sky looks dark, with not a ray of light;

We’re tossed and driven on, No human help in sight;

But there is one in heaven, Who knows our deepest care,

Let Jesus solve your problem, Just go to Him in prayer.


Life’s day will soon be over, all storms forever past;

We’ll cross the great divide to glory, safe at last;

We’ll share the joys of heaven, A harp, a home, a crown;

The tempter will be banished; We’ll lay our burden down.


2 Responses to “Weekend Update on Mark”

  1. 1 Sandy Foor
    September 27, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    I Samuel 12:24 is my favorite verse! Well, one of them. =)

  2. 2 Rachel Kypros
    September 28, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Hi Mark,

    Jim wanted me to tell you that we are praying for you.–I’m sure you’re hearing that a lot these days 😉 It’s got to take a lot of patience to go through all of this, so we just keep asking God to give you grace and strength to endure it while He is healing you. Jimmy Prencipe also asked me to tell you that he will start praying for you and will ask his entire Bible study in Iraq to pray for you too. Andrea Wilkins (now Sheppard) also said she’s praying for you and Amanda Gray (Wright now) is going to add you to their church’s prayer list. So you’re being surrounded with prayer.

    Love in Christ,
    Jim and Rachel Kypros

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