Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Thursday night update on Bill

I feel almost silly posting to say, "Nothing has changed," but that is pretty much how things are. They did yet more tests that had to be done to clear Bill for the continuing care place (I thought they had finished those), but the wait for a room continues. One of Ruth's brothers and his wife will be going to see her tomorrow and hopefully staying a couple of days.

Ruth is growing weary of the waiting game. She has never been fond of hospitals, so this is very wearing on her. She wants to know from the doctor if Bill is going to pull through this or not. Phil told her that with all the advances in medicine, there is still much that doctors don't know. He also reminded her that neither the doctors nor we know this, but God does.

Phil knows that it might be easier on her if he were there, but that is simply not feasible. We know that he'll need to take some more days off at some point whatever the outcome is with his dad. I told him again how glad we were that he is here now.

On Saturday either Phil will go alone, or we will all go, to Temple. If Bill is still in ICU, then Phil will go alone. If he has been moved, then we will all go.

Bethany & I are reading a Life of Faith Series about Kathleen McKenzie, a girl in the 1930's. She has just encountered a man who told her it was easy for her to believe God when things went the way she hoped, but that it wouldn't be so when "really hard times" hit. Her prayer was that she would trust God in both good times & bad. These verses are a great source of hope in times like this, "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:
"For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered." No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:35-39

For those of us who have trusted Christ as our Savior, there is nowhere that we can be separated from Him and His love. Whether things turn out the way we want them to or not, if we are His children, then we can never be separated from His love. I've heard it said that the safest place to be is in the middle of God's will. I heard once of a lady whose young son had just died sharing that with someone. Another friend has just sent her daughter off for a semester of school at sea. She said, "She is safer on the other side of the world than she is in my backyard if that is where God wants her to be." It is hard to trust when we can't see the days ahead, but He has told us that no trouble or hardship will separate us from him, so we are clinging to that.

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