Monday, August 20, 2007

Riddles, clues, mysteries, and more

First, thank you ALL for patient and persistent and believing prayer.

Jean had a very satisfactory 'care meeting' with nephrology, neurology and endocrinology (and of course, parentalology) today about the Annie Puzzle. These serious minds continue to ponder the symptoms and clues that Annie's complex systems reveal.

Tomorrow there will be an echocardiogram, which will provide another mite of knowledge. Tonight there will be adjustment to Annie's meds. The hope and expectations are two: 1) that Annie's blood pressure can be brought within normal range and be stable; and 2) that the various medicine adjustments will bring Annie into a brighter, stronger, calmer place.

May all of our families be blessed and healthy tonight...and may God be praised for His unending love and goodness.



Gretchen said...

Thank you for the update, Rebecca. What a gracious sister you are--I'm sure it comforts the family so to have you near.

Lord, Praise be to Your name. You made Heaven and Earth, and the universe. There is no end to Your marvelous glory. You alone are worthy of praise and prayer. As such, Lord, I petition you for the miracle of total health to be restored to this child. Father, I know that You love her even more than her parents could, and that You alone know Your perfect plan and will for Annie and for all of us. I trust You, Father. I ask for You to give the medical personnel strength, creativity, and wisdom as they treat Annie and educate her family. I ask for the patience needed to wait on You. We're tired of waiting, Lord. We wish You'd just heal her now. But...we honor and accept Your perfect will. I ask for a type of normalcy to be experienced among the other Sullivan children, who are so much on my heart, as well as Bill and Jean and Annie's extended family. I ask for the words to pray, for the faith of a mustard seed each day, and I thank You for Your new mercies each morning. In Jesus' precious name. Amen.

Anonymous said...

Lord, heal my niece:)

thank you,

uncle jeff

A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; Ecc 3:3

Lord, when is Annie's "time to heal?" When will her smile fill our hearts? When will her voice offer her thoughts? And when will You bring her out of this physical dilemma?

JOB 38:1
Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said:

2 “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
3 Dress for action like a man;
I will question you, and you make it known to me.
4 “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell me, if you have understanding.
5 Who determined its measurements—surely you know!
Or who stretched the line upon it?
6 On what were its bases sunk,
or who laid its cornerstone,
7 when the morning stars sang together
and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
8 “Or who shut in the sea with doors
when it burst out from the womb,
9 when I made clouds its garment
and thick darkness its swaddling band,
10 and prescribed limits for it
and set bars and doors,
11 and said, ‘Thus far shall you come, and no farther,
and here shall your proud waves be stayed’?
12 “Have you commanded the morning since your days began,
and caused the dawn to know its place,
13 that it might take hold of the skirts of the earth,
and the wicked be shaken out of it?
14 It is changed like clay under the seal,
and its features stand out like a garment.
15 From the wicked their light is withheld,
and their uplifted arm is broken.
16 “Have you entered into the springs of the sea,
or walked in the recesses of the deep?
17 Have the gates of death been revealed to you,
or have you seen the gates of deep darkness?
18 Have you comprehended the expanse of the earth?
Declare, if you know all this.
19 “Where is the way to the dwelling of light,
and where is the place of darkness,
20 that you may take it to its territory
and that you may discern the paths to its home?
21 You know, for you were born then,
and the number of your days is great!

22 “Have you entered the storehouses of the snow,
or have you seen the storehouses of the hail,
23 which I have reserved for the time of trouble,
for the day of battle and war?
24 What is the way to the place where the light is distributed,
or where the east wind is scattered upon the earth?

25 “Who has cleft a channel for the torrents of rain
and a way for the thunderbolt,
26 to bring rain on a land where no man is,
on the desert in which there is no man,
27 to satisfy the waste and desolate land,
and to make the ground sprout with grass?
28 “Has the rain a father,
or who has begotten the drops of dew?
29 From whose womb did the ice come forth,
and who has given birth to the frost of heaven?
30 The waters become hard like stone,
and the face of the deep is frozen.
31 “Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades
or loose the cords of Orion?
32 Can you lead forth the Mazzaroth in their season,
or can you guide the Bear with its children?
33 Do you know the ordinances of the heavens?
Can you establish their rule on the earth?
34 “Can you lift up your voice to the clouds,
that a flood of waters may cover you?
35 Can you send forth lightnings, that they may go
and say to you, ‘Here we are’?
36 Who has put wisdom in the inward parts or given understanding to the mind?
37 Who can number the clouds by wisdom?
Or who can tilt the waterskins of the heavens,
38 when the dust runs into a mass
and the clods stick fast together?
39 “Can you hunt the prey for the lion,
or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,
40 when they crouch in their dens
or lie in wait in their thicket?
41 Who provides for the raven its prey,
when its young ones cry to God for help,
and wander about for lack of food?

39:1 “Do you know when the mountain goats give birth?
Do you observe the calving of the does?
2 Can you number the months that they fulfill,
and do you know the time when they give birth,
3 when they crouch, bring forth their offspring,
and are delivered of their young?
4 Their young ones become strong; they grow up in the open;
they go out and do not return to them.
5 “Who has let the wild donkey go free?
Who has loosed the bonds of the swift donkey,
6 to whom I have given the arid plain for his home
and the salt land for his dwelling place?
7 He scorns the tumult of the city;
he hears not the shouts of the driver.
8 He ranges the mountains as his pasture,
and he searches after every green thing.
9 “Is the wild ox willing to serve you?
Will he spend the night at your manger?
10 Can you bind him in the furrow with ropes,
or will he harrow the valleys after you?
11 Will you depend on him because his strength is great,
and will you leave to him your labor?
12 Do you have faith in him that he will return your grain
and gather it to your threshing floor?
13 “The wings of the ostrich wave proudly,
but are they the pinions and plumage of love?
14 For she leaves her eggs to the earth
and lets them be warmed on the ground,
15 forgetting that a foot may crush them
and that the wild beast may trample them.
16 She deals cruelly with her young, as if they were not hers;
though her labor be in vain, yet she has no fear,
17 because God has made her forget wisdom
and given her no share in understanding.
18 When she rouses herself to flee,
she laughs at the horse and his rider.
19 “Do you give the horse his might?
Do you clothe his neck with a mane?
20 Do you make him leap like the locust?
His majestic snorting is terrifying.
21 He paws in the valley and exults in his strength;
he goes out to meet the weapons.
22 He laughs at fear and is not dismayed;
he does not turn back from the sword.
23 Upon him rattle the quiver,
the flashing spear, and the javelin.
24 With fierceness and rage he swallows the ground;
he cannot stand still at the sound of the trumpet.
25 When the trumpet sounds, he says ‘Aha!’
He smells the battle from afar,
the thunder of the captains, and the shouting.
26 “Is it by your understanding that the hawk soars
and spreads his wings toward the south?
27 Is it at your command that the eagle mounts up
and makes his nest on high?
28 On the rock he dwells and makes his home,
on the rocky crag and stronghold.
29 From there he spies out the prey;
his eyes behold it from far away.
30 His young ones suck up blood,
and where the slain are, there is he.”

40:1 And the Lord said to Job:
2 “Shall a faultfinder contend with the Almighty?
He who argues with God, let him answer it.”

Lord, may Your will be done with all You intend to do through Your child, Annie.

You are Yes and Amen to us who believe (though we doubt at times).

You are the Almighty who has all of Your children in the palm of Your hand (though we struggle at times).

You are the also the Great Healer who can - with the will of Your being - heal in any way You see fit.

Lord, please heal Annie for Your good purpose and plans for her.

uncle jeff