Sunday, April 20, 2008

Sunday Evening Update

Here is the update for Sunday evening:

Praise the Lord that Lindsay has responded by eliminating fluids to the pleasure of the the nurses.

The transplant team thinks that the Berlin Heart may arrive on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Laura and Jon have requested prayer for the two young boys on either side of Lindsay. 7 year old Lance is in very serious condition and needs a heart and lung transplant. They have been testing him throughout the day and he has little or no brain activity, which would disqualify him for the transplants. Please pray for Lance's family.

Pray for 10 month old, Logan, who has had three open heart surgeries. He is doing quite well. Pray that Laura and Jon can be an encouragement to this family.

Pray for Grandma Groen (Phyllis) who is not feeling well and had to stay home today.

We covet your on-going prayers and encouragement!

Sunday afternoon updates

Praise the Lord for several churches that shared about Lindsay and mobilized people to pray. We appreciate that.

They changed the tube today to the heart and lung machine to give better flow. The main prayer request for today is that they would be able to get rid of the excess fluid she is retaining. Jan said her face was puffy today.

Thanks for praying and partnering.

Sunday Morning Update

There really is nothing new to report this morning, but I was impressed to write the words of this old hymn for Jon and Laura this morning (yes, your father is getting old!) ...

Day by day and with each passing moment,
Strength I find to meet my trials here;
Trusting in my Father's wise bestowment,
I've no cause for worry or for FEAR.
He whose heart is kind beyond all measure
Gives unto each day what HE deems best
Lovingly, its part of pain and pleasure,
Mingling toil with peace and rest.

Every day the Lord HIMSELF is near me
With a special mercy for EACH hour.
All my cares He fain would bear, and cheer me,
He whose name is COUNSELOR and POWER!
The protection of His child and TREASURE (Lindsay Bear)
Is a charge that on HIMSELF He laid;
"As your days, your strength shall be in measure,"
This the pledge to me (Jon and Laura) HE made.

Help me then in every tribulation
So to trust YOUR promises, O Lord.
That I lose not faith's sweet consolation
Offered me within Your holy Word.
Help me, Lord, when toil and trouble meeting,
E'er to take, as from a father's hand,
One by one, the days, the moments fleeting,
Till I reach the promised land.

The verse under the title of the song is "My grace is sufficient for you; for MY strength is made perfect in your weakness." 2 Corinthians 12:9

That's my prayer today for Jon, Laura, Tanner, Warren, Phyllis and Jan as they stand watch at the hospital today.

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