Tonight, I would like to take a few minutes to update our family and friends both far and near on Lemuel’s current condition.
We were given very encouraging news yesterday regarding Lem’s MRI, that was actually far better than anyone expected and what everyone was hoping for. On a scale of what can be determined by the radiologist, pediatric intensivist, and neurologist, they find the MRI to be very encouraging with markers of “Mild Damage” to the brain. This is very encouraging, but the brain is a mysterious organ and has not yet fully awakened.
With Lem’s MRI, they would expect other aspects like his EEG and neurological exam to correspond, but they don’t as of yet. Lemuel is still in a coma and and has some response to stimuli to touch in his hands and feet and his eyes are responding reactively to light.
We need Lemuel to start waking up, coughing, and gaining a gag reflex.
General Health Update
Lem’s general health is doing well, with a solid heart beat, adequate kidney function, bowels that seem to be coming back online, and after fighting off pneumonia his lung function is doing very well. He is still on the ventilator, but is currently on a setting where he initiates his all of his own breaths. His vital signs are staying very consistent and in a healthy range.
He is also receiving breast milk from his mother, through a tube, and seems to be doing well as they increase the daily amount required to sustain proper nutrition.
We have been taken care of with such diligence and love by our team of doctors, nurses, respiratory therapist, general staff, and housekeeping at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital.
I also want to just say that I have the most amazing wife who has not left the room as she seeks to care for our son. Our children have also been extremely supportive, visiting regularly, with some of the older ones staying overnight throughout this past 8 days. Our oldest son Samuel has also been here with my wife and I every night except one, helping me take the night shift watching over Lemuel.
Our church family, neighbors, and friends have been so generous to provide meals for our children at home, given gift cards, and offered to help in a variety of ways. Right, now we don’t know all the ways we may need your help, but give us a month, and we may realize something we do not yet know.
We remain in awe of the outpouring of prayer support, Facebook comments, and text messages from many people around the World. It has truly been humbling. We are sorry that we can’t possibly respond to them all but know they mean a lot to us.
Lastly, I want to say thank you for all of you who have helped support our family through the youcaring.com account that was set up. Both sharing the link and giving are helpful. We don’t know all that the future has, but having been in the hospital with the long term care of our daughter Anna-Renee, who had a bone-marrow transplant 3.5 years ago, we know that it becomes very expensive, just maintaining life, living at home and the hospital. Every little bit helps and is very appreciated.
One of the greatest ways we can guard our hearts and minds against temptation is to be contented with what God has given to us. When you are content with what you have, how then is Satan to tempt you with what you don’t have? You are content, you have no need for the other things of this world, even if they be good and wonderful things. We rest in knowing that God has given us what He sees fit, and until He changes what that is, it is best for us. We should want for nothing but what God grants to us on a daily basis.
“God does not dwell in spirits that are in confusion, but He dwells in peaceable and quiet spirits. Oh, if you would free yourselves from temptations, labour for contentment.” It is the peace of God that guards the heart from temptation.”
~The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment.
“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” ~Hebrews 13:5
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” ~Philippians 4:20
“Temptations will no more prevail over a contented man, than a dart that is thrown against a brazen wall.” ~The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment
I marvel that thou shouldest become incarnate, be crucified, dead, and buried.
The sepulcher calls forth my adoring wonder, for it is empty and thou art risen; the four-fold gospel attests it, the living witnesses prove it, my heart’s experience knows it.
Give me to die with thee that I may rise to new life, for I wish to be as dead and buried to sin, to selfishness, to the world; that I might not hear the voice of the charmer, and might be delivered from his lusts.
O Lord, there is much ill about me – crucify it, much flesh wishing me – mortify it.
Purge me from selfishness, the fear of man, the love of approbation, the shame of being thought old-fashioned, the desire to be cultivated or modern.
Let me reckon my old life dead because of crucifixion, and never feed it as a living thing.
Grant me to stand with my dying Saviour, to be content to be rejected, to be willing to take up unpopular truths, and to hold fast despised teachings until death.
Help me to be resolute and Christ-Contained.
Never let me wander from the path of obedience to thy will.
Strengthen me for the battles ahead.
Give me courage for all the trials, and grace for all the joys.
Help me to be a holy, happy person, free from every wrong desire, from everything contrary to thy mind.
Grant me more and more of the resurrection life:
may it rule me,
may I walk in its power,
and be strengthened through its influence.”
~Crucifixion and Resurrection; The Valley of Vision
In our journey to gain a content heart it is absolutely necessary that we recognize what matters most in life. It is not the getting of earthly pleasures but it is the receiving of the forgiveness of God and eternity with Him. These things on earth that are temporary and vain, should matter very little, if at all. We must have our eyes focused on the real goal, the real prize, the true fulfillment which is glorifying Jesus Christ with our lives.
Think of our desperate state before knowing forgiveness, love, redemption, and salvation. We searched for something to fill us but there was nothing to satisfy that deep longing in our souls. Nothing could fill a space designed for God alone.
Why is it, once we have been saved by grace, that we continue in our earthly ways searching for things to make us happy? We have found the greatest treasure nothing else should matter anymore. This earth may hold some pleasures but they are temporary and fleeting. We should look to eternity, when we shall worship God in our perfect glorified bodies, for our true joy and contentment. May we find our fulfillment in Christ alone!
“Before, the soul sought after this and that, but now it says, I see that it is not necessary for me to be rich, but it is necessary for me to make my peace with God; it is not necessary that I should live a pleasurable life in this world, but it is absolutely necessary that I should have pardon of my sin; it is not necessary that I should have honour and preferment, but it is necessary that I should have God as my portion, and have my part in Jesus Christ, it is necessary that my soul should be saved in the day of Jesus Christ.”
~The Rare Jewel Of Christian Contentment (by Jeremiah Burroughs)
“Whom have I in heaven but thee? And there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.” ~Psalm 73:25,26
“Thou art my portion, O Lord: I have said that I would keep thy words. I entreated thy favor with my whole heart: be merciful unto me according to thy word. I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies. I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments.” ~Psalm 119:57-60
May we all find our true contentment in being servants of The Most High King.