Ours kids love Michael. They always have.
They ask about him often, and most importantly both keep him close in their prayers every day. It always makes us smile when Ellee will pray before our meal and end up forgetting to actually pray for the food, but always remembering to ask Jesus to make Michael well.
This afternoon, they both sat down in the dining room for a bit to create special pictures just for Michael and his family.
Ellee tackled coloring a beautiful picture
While Christian took some time to carefully create his own.
He ended up leaving it at home when we drove up for our visit, but is excited to bring it to Michael next time. And it made me think that I’m so thankful for our kids and for the love and compassion that they are learning through this journey.
We enjoyed an evening visit with Michael. By the time we got to the hospital, Sally had left and Mike (Michael’s Dad) and Sarah were just heading out. So Jeremy and I got to sit with Michael for a bit all on our own. Michael was sleeping when we arrived, but after awhile opened his eyes giving us the opportunity to talk to him about the little and big things that had gone on that day.
I suppose I should mention, but at this point, Michael isn’t verbally communicating yet. In the past few days though, I’ve noticed that whenever I ask a question, he responds by moving his hands and arms up a bit. I usually hold his hand as I talk to him, and tonight more than ever, he would move it in response as I chatted. He made good eye contact with us and we took the opportunity quite a few times to look him in the eyes and tell him just how much we loved him and how much we were all praying for him.
And I guess I just wanted to add tonight, that though most of my posts are positive and upbeat (because that is my heart in working through everything) again, it is a very difficult situation. There are times of discouragement and times of just sadness as well. And during these times, it is really hard to deal with those emotions. But tonight in reading through Psalm 25, I was reminded of a few things. First, that no matter what is happening in our lives, and in both good and bad times, God is our God and He is to be praised. I love how the passage goes on to say that “In perfect faithfulness, You have done marvelous things, things planned long ago.” Then mid chapter, in verse 9, we can know that when we trust in God, he saves us and that again, this is cause for great rejoicing.
God will be perfectly faithful to Michael. And even though it’s hard to see him go through this, we can know that God has marvelous things planned for Michael. In the good and bad times, we can trust God with our dear friend and know that He will work for Michael’s good.
All that being said, please continue to pray for Michael. Also, please do pray for his family. For his mom, Sally and for his dad, Mike and for sisters Sarah and Katelyn as well. It has been a very hard situation, and they could all use our continued support and our prayers as well. And thank you so much for taking time to read this, as always.