I've talked to Paul this morning and we are feeling very encouraged. Last night was a turning point and Kathryn was more interactive and interested in what was going on around her. She is even using her IPhone for commenting on some of her friends' Facebook pages. Her pain is being managed so much better. Today she is going to try to get out of bed to use the bathroom. Trying to use a bedpan is a good motivator to do whatever it takes to get to the bathroom. She is anxious to have a sponge bath in the shower today after I get back to the hospital. There is nothing like the healing force of warm running water splashing through a bed-head hairdo! Kathryn is also eating and drinking normally and is hoping to have her IV fluids turned off today. We are all feeling very hopeful as we see Kathryn emerging through this time more courageous than ever.
As Paul and I have been praying for our girls, our prayers have not been solely for the deliverance of immediate health challenges. The other side of those temporary challenges are the futures of two girls, who have grown very wise to the purpose of suffering. Their future may lead them to help many who, like them, will face huge difficulties, and because of what they have been through, they will be able to comfort and relate to many. And as they relate, it is our hope and our prayer, that they will be able to articulate the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord and His saving grace because He saw them through their storms. Their suffering is not for themselves alone, but so that they will bring hope to others. Not just in the form of a trite phrase, like "stay strong; you are going to make it," but the strong words from scripture which boldly states, "O LORD my God, I cried to You for help and You healed me." Psalm 30:2
Father, When we are tempted to give up in despair, grant us grace to remember Your words. "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." II Corinthians 12:9