Monday, September 5, 2011

...made for another world

Google Images...I can't find the original source.

Three weeks ago tomorrow, our lives changed.  An incredibly sweet little boy was born, and the Lord has been using him ever since to teach us much about His love, His faithfulness, and His power.  He is also using him to teach us about the reality of this world we're living in.  It is temporary.  It is broken.  It is never going to satisfy us.

We don't know the future.  We don't know the extent of Jude's disabilities.  We don't know how long his life will be...or ours.

And, we've never known such hope.
We've never known such joy...and peace.
We've never prayed and worshiped so much together.
And, we've never been more grateful for the hope and reality of heaven.

Thank You, Jesus. :-)

"He will swallow up death forever;
and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces,
and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken.
It will be said on that day, 'Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us. 
This is the Lord; we have waited for him; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.'"
Isaiah 25:8-9

"He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more,
neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore,
for the former things have passed away.
And he who was seated on the throne said, 'Behold, I am making all things new.'"
Revelation 21:4-5

Please pray...
that Jude's incision would heal completely and that there would be no more seeping.
that he would pee.  They removed his catheter tonight, and he hasn't peed much since.
that his swelling would go down.  He is retaining tons of fluid.
that his kidneys would function well.  His creatinine level decreased today to .8!
that his lungs would improve with the respiratory therapy.

thank you, friends  :-)


Liz and Phil said...

Mandy and Brandon - thank you for sharing what God is doing. It is so challenging in our own walks, so honoring to be running along side of you guys and praying for you, and it has caused us to worship God more deeply as well. Reading your post reminded me that the Israelites never expected their King to come as a baby, born in a stable, wrapped in rags... and it reminds me that eleven ordinary men did some pretty amazing things that is still the church today. I love how our God uses the unexpected people to change the world and change our hearts toward Him! We love you guys! Big hugs today.

missy said...

brandon, mandy, caleb and jude...just added to my list of heroes. not because you are so great(although you are), but because you are trusting GOD to be great in the midst of trials. and HE is. and you know that in a way that many of us don't because of the past 3 weeks. we love you guys and are praying daily.

Kellie said...

Our pastor just mentioned that quote by C. S. Lewis on Sunday. One of my favorites, always an encouraging reminder in this broken place.

You're still and always in my prayers. My parents and grandparents read your blogs and pray as well.

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