But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD's love is with those who fear him and his righteousness with their children's children . . . Psalm 103:17

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Please pray for Seth, again

We were really hoping these days were behind us, but as I type (and I need to make this quick as it's well after midnight) Seth is hooked up to 1/2 liter flow/minute of oxygen, a pulse oximeter/monitor, and of course his feeding tube. He is so uncomfortable, but he needs all of these tubes because he has a bad respiratory tract infection. It's just been a "cold" for the rest of us, but for the first time we are really seeing the effect of his compromised lungs on his health. He has been so healthy up until now, since he left the hospital, praise God! This is the first month any of our kids have needed antibiotics; in Seth's case broad-spectrum antibiotics. He also has an ear infection.

Please pray he can sleep despite the tubes (we really had to tape the cannula onto him well as he immediately went nearly crazy dislodging it!) and that the Lord will clear out his breathing passages. The inhalers aren't helping.

I keep thinking of the babies in the villages in Papua New Guinea who are hours from the closest clinic or aid post, and I thank God that we are here. My heart goes out to the suffering little tots and their concerned parents, both there and around the world, which reminds me to pray for them and also plead, "Come soon, Lord Jesus!" Only when He makes all things new in the New Heavens and on the New Earth will sickness and suffering and sorrow and exhaustion and frustration and discouragement (my current struggles) be done away with eternally. I repeatedly have to cling to His promise in 2 Peter 3 that His "slowness" in coming is because of His patience with us, desiring repentance rather than destruction and death.

Love and gratitude, especially that "this is NOT all there is!"
Carrie

Gavin, Carrie, Isaac, Will, David, Marcie, Seth, & Grace Jones

Gavin, Carrie, Isaac, Will, David, Marcie, Seth, & Grace Jones

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