People ask, "What can I do?"
That's a hard question to answer.
We feel very blessed when people bring meals and we are so thankful when Emma has visitors in the hospital (although I'm not sure what that will look like this time around, seeing as she'll be in ICU, sedated ...). And I am grateful for the people who can help with our little Dude while his sister is in the hospital recovering and for the people who offer support in many ways once she's home.
Beyond that, I find myself saying, "Just pray for (whatever I'm worrying about at that particular moment)"
"Just" go before the God of the universe and bring a request before him on behalf of my little girl.
"Just" enter His throne room with a humble petition for healing.
"Just" call the Great Physician into a small operating room to oversee and protect her body.
"Just" ask the Wonderful Counselor and Prince of Peace to work miracles in Mom and Dad's hearts.
I mean, I get it that the phrase "just pray" is often spoken to mean "there is nothing else you have the power to do to help the situation." But, additionally, I think it sometimes diminishes the power of prayer.
Because there is, in my opinion, a BIG difference between an off-handed "Christian platitude" and actually kneeling before the God who sent his Son to walk on this planet to heal it, acknowledging His power to move and begging him to do so.
There's a lot I don't understand about prayer. I don't get "how it works" in many ways.
But I know that there is power in prayer.
And I know that we are commanded to do it.
And I brings me to tears when I think about the people who approach the Throne of Grace with confidence, asking our Father to help our Emma. He's so much bigger than the big-ness of this surgery and He loves that girl so fiercely ... I am confident of his involvement in the situation :)
So THANK YOU!
Very specifically, if you feel led to pray:
- Pray for the Spirit to guide my parenting in the next week. Charlie still needs his Mom :)
- Pray for no "bumps in the road" with some blood work that will need to be done before the procedure begins.
- Pray for Emma to have no adverse tummy reactions to the antibiotics that they will be giving her throughout the surgery
- Pray for the IV team's hands
- Pray for Emma's airway and the anesthesia team's intubation process
- Pray for the nerves in Emma's spinal cord to be protected as they release the tethered part
- Pray for the moment Mom and Dad meet Emma in the ICU while she is still sedated and intubated
- Pray for wisdom as the doctors balance all the factors in the decision of how long to keep Emma sedated.
- Pray for the process of waking Emma up
- Pray for Emma's gut. Her GI system does not like sedation.
- Pray for pain management as she wakes up
- Pray for recovery
- Pray for a full return of her motor skills.
- Pray that God is glorified by the outcome, whatever happens.
I am in awe of the fact that our God hears and answers prayer. He is an awesome God.