Yesterday, as a family, we drove up to see Michael. And I really think that it’s been a good thing for our kids to walk alongside of us during this phase of our lives. They both know Michael and his sisters quite well and spent quite a bit of time with them all. I think in some ways, Ellee is a bit young to comprehend it all. Though I am so proud that most nights, when she says her prayers, she always remembers to include Michael and asks Jesus to help him get better. Christian has understood everything a bit more and yesterday was even able to go and see Michael for the first time. I think it’s important for our kids to see that at time, life can be hard, but that through it all, there are ways we can show love and ways we can serve others. They are also seeing how God is working in Michael’s healing as well.
All that being said, today we decided to take a family trip so will be spending the next few days altogether just hanging out and enjoying winter break. My Michael updates will come through Sally and I’ll do my best to continue to share how everything is going.
With today being Valentine’s Day, I just wanted to share a little bit about love. 1 Corinthians 13 gets a shout out for being the most famous love chapter of the Bible. It’s used often times at weddings and stitched on pillows and it really is a beautiful description of love. But when you really stop to read it and I mean really read it, you’ll find something that goes far deeper than a dozen red roses or a box of delicious chocolates.
Real love is patient. It’s kind. It is not jealous, it does not brag and it is not prideful. It’s not ugly at all, and when I say ugly, I mean it’s not rude, selfish or angry and it doesn’t keep a record of wrong doings. Real love is pure and it speaks truth. Finally, it always protects, trusts, hopes and perseveres. Real love never fails. And this is the love that we should strive for in all of our relationships. But most importantly, I think the point of this all is that this is the love that God has for each of us. This is a chapter about God’s love. This is the love that He gives and the love that he wants us to live out as well.
Much of this love is what I’ve seen modeled when it comes to Sally and her great love for Michael. Don’t get me wrong. I know for fact that Michael’s entire family loves him. His friends all love him and he even has a huge community that loves and prays for him as well. But today, I just wanted to take time to share the powerful love that I’ve seen modeled from this precious mother to her son.
The bottom line, is that Sally has a love for Michael that is protecting, trusting, hoping and persevering. It’s a love that is being lived out every day that she is by his side at the hospital. This is not an easy journey. But it’s one that I know God is using and one that God is blessing. God’s love is being lived out beautifully in Sally and it’s something that is so incredibly beautiful to witness.
Today’s update was a good one. Though Michael is experiencing some storming (which is kind of these intense stress related brain responses), one of the Neuro Surgeons confirmed that it is actually a good sign. They are working on figuring out what is triggering these episodes and what will help best to relieve them. Sally shared that Michael overall had a good day. He did more tracking when he was awake and even some head turning as well. So for all of this we can praise God for his healing and his answers to our prayers.
Happy Valentine’s Day dear friends. Thank you so much for stopping by to read and for loving and caring for and praying for Michael and his family. Thanks also to those of you who sent pictures and messages for Michael. I will start to work on his book later this week, so if you haven’t gotten the chance, there is still a little time to send some love.