Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Moments that catch your breath

Although today was a better day, I have been praying for swift healing to take place in Katy’s abdomen. Her esophagus and stomach started becoming inflamed during the night on Monday and since I had reduced her steroids on Monday from 45mg to 40mg I quickly added five back. It seems she needs to stay at that level awhile. I’m hoping that her body will quickly return to a balanced state without any further “speed bumps” (As Heather called them in yesterday’s comments). Her feet and hands are improving rapidly and she was able to walk around for a while in the local craft store today. This morning we woke up feeling much more refreshed for having a good night’s sleep. During our morning prayer time she said, “Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning (Psalm 30:5). So tears have ended and we are on to the next Christmas project.

Have you ever had moments in life when a sudden awe-inspiring event happens and all you can do is catch a quick breath and hold it. That happens to me when I see a shooting star. It happened when our kids let go of a piece of furniture and took their first step without support. It’s almost as if by holding your breath you can make the moment last longer.

I’ve had one of those “breath catchers” this week. We were in church last Sunday. It was time for communion and Katy took the bread and rested her head on my shoulder. I prayed loud enough for her to hear me say, “Father thank you that Katy loves you, and that she can eat and drink today in remembrance of you.” Then I heard her say, “Thank you for letting me see the nail scars in your hands. I know what you did for me.” That brief statement nearly sent me to the floor in awe. How can we ever thank Him enough for the price that was paid for us on Calvary that day? He not only loves us but also shows His power and lordship to our children and our children’s children. Just nineteen more days until Christmas morning and as Katy and I work on small Christmas projects we are purposing in our hearts to do it all “in remembrance of Him.”

He Made a Way In a Manger by Steve Merkel

Longing for a Savior a hopeless world would wait,
Sin demanded justice at a price we could not pay
But God displayed His mercy, the greatest gift of love,
When we could not reach Heaven, Heaven came to us.

He made a way in a manger;a way through the Son,
Messiah the promised, before time had begun.
For God so loved this world, though He knew what love would cost,
He made a way in a manger; to make a way to the cross.

In Bethlehem a stable became a throne of grace
As God Himself, the Savior, drew near to take our place,
His mother smiled in wonder, the shepherds stood in awe,
The sacrifice of Heaven lay sleeping in a stall.

He made a way in a manger;a way through the Son,
Messiah the promised, before time had begun.
For God so loved this world, though He knew what love would cost,
He made a way in a manger; to make a way to the cross.

  1. Heather Kirkwood Says:

    You’re very right. Being sick and enduring a physical kind of suffering gives you a whole new perspective on Christ’s suffering. Last year I was at NIH and they were trying to take a blood gas. They missed and hit a nerve in my wrist. Now, I’ve been through a lot and I know what pain is but that was right up there with most painful thing ever! Then the following Easter it dawned on me - if that little needle hitting a nerve could generate that kind of pain, imagine what a nail going right through your wrist and supporting your body weight would do. Easter has never been the same.

  2. Jennifer S. :-) Says:

    Hi Katy,
    YAY!! I knew today would be better. :-) I’m so glad to hear it.
    We lost a dear friend last year right before Christmas to a construction accident. He was only 16. It really made you think about life and it definitely made Christmas more special, even though it was difficult to get into the Christmas spirit.
    I’m working hard to make it through finals. When I get done, I promise I’ll come see you, if you feel up to it. We’ll do something fun. :-)
    Love and prayers,

  3. Laura Griffith Says:

    I pray for wisdom as you try and find the right time to decrease the steriods. I do hope you are better and can come to the Coffee at the Well. I promise to let you sleep :)


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