Today, the kids and I spent the morning with our friend Michael. Earlier this week, he was relocated from Stony Brook University Hospital to his new Rehab in Smithtown. When we walked into his room, it was so good to see him alert and looking much better than he had when we saw him last.
I was delighted to get to talk with him for awhile. And for a little bit of our time, he started to make noises in response and they were so, so good to hear. It seems like it’s been awhile since I’ve heard Michael’s voice. But since he’s recovering from his colon issues, it seems like these beautiful things are coming back as he heals.
Christian and Ellee came up with me today. Christian had told me last week that he missed Michael and he asked if we could go and visit. As I’ve mentioned before, he spent a lot of time with Michael and I know that this journey has affected him in many ways. But bringing him up to see Michael has been good and healing and I was so glad that he was with me today. Ellee’s been a bit more tentative when we’ve visited. I think she feels more nervous about everything. But today, she warmed up a bit and came over to show Michael her new stuffed animal and it made me really happy to see her softly talk to him as well.
We enjoyed the time we had together. I was glad to see Michael’s new Rehab and even got to meet his new aide. She seemed very sweet and I was thankful for the kindness and compassion that she showed. At the end of our visit, Sarah and Luke arrived so it was good to talk with them a bit before we left.
One thing stuck in my mind from our visit. While I did a few range of motion exercises with Michael, I was able to play some worship songs that I had brought with me on a CD. One of the songs we listened to was Chris Tomlin’s “God of Angel Armies.” It’s a song that I love and one that we sing in Youth Group. My favorite part of the song says:
And nothing formed against me shall stand
You hold the whole world in Your hands
I’m holding on to your promises
You are faithful, You are faithful
And it was just the reminder that I needed today. Throughout Michael’s entire journey, God has been faithful. He’s been faithful in seeing Michael through many, many ups and downs. He’s faithfully provided for him and his family. And I truly believe that God’s faithfulness will continue to show itself as Michael continues to work to recovery.
Also, for the record, whenever I’d talk to Michael about how much Jesus loves him and how He is with him always, Michael responded each time with his eye blinks. I truly believe that it’s a great encouragement to Michael to hear these truths. It’s a great encouragement to all of us. In this world that is so broken and hurting, we can continue to stand strong and to move forward, knowing that God is faithful and that He is always with us.
And that would be my update for tonight. We can continue to pray for Michael and especially for his new Rehab. We are so very hopeful that Michael will have a time to be strong and solid in his recovery. We can pray that God will allow Michael to have a good and stable time so that he can really get back into his therapies and make good progress again. And once again, thank you for your faithfulness in continuing to love and pray for Michael and for his family. You’ve always been an important part to this and I know his family is very thankful to know that there are so many people supporting them.