Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Several Things

1st: Ben and Jerry's is having a free icecream cone day. Go here to get more information and find a participating store nearest you.

2nd: Yesterday, I ventured down to Hopkins with Judah, Bella and my dear friend, De who was a great help and wonderful company. Judah had an EUA (evaluation under anesthesia) for his eyes, and things went much better than I anticipated them to go in my faithless heart. Before we took off for Hopkins very early in the morning, the Lord led me to Psalm 91 where I read some things that helped to bolster my faith for the day.

If you make the Most High your dwelling—even the LORD, who is my refuge-
then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent.
For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways

"Because he loves me," says the LORD, "I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation.
Ps. 91:9-11, 14-16

Judah's eyes looked good, glaucoma-wise--no need for surgery. Thank you, Lord!! There is something the surgeon continues to see in Judah's right optic nerve that is of concern to him, but not anything that seems emergent. It could just be the way Judah's nerve looks given all the vasculature in his head. We will follow up about this concern with Judah's neurologist probably sometime next month.

Having Bella along was not a problem. She slept almost the entire time and was ready to nurse at just the opportune moment. De had some one on one time with her while I cared for Judah in the post-op. room and then, she fell asleep again for our ride home.

Judah did great with the anesthesia; although still a bit groggy when we returned home. By evening, you would never have known he had been put under that morning; he was back to his rowdy self, enjoying rough-housing with his brother.

Finally, I'm sure by now you have read or heard about the horrific shooting incident at Virginia Tech yesterday. We have prayed several times in our home over the last several hours, and our thoughts are turned toward the relative insecurity of this life here on earth. This morning I read from Ephesians 1, and there is provided a wonderful promise in light of the many wrongs committed yesterday down in Blacksburg.

And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment—to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.
Ephesians 1:9,10

The commentary provided in my NIV Study Bible stated the following in regards to verse 10:

Paul uses a significant term here that not only has the idea of leadership but also was often used of adding up a column of figures. A contemporary way of putting it might be to say that in a world of confusion, where things do not "add up" or make sense, we look forward to the time when everything will be brought into meaningful relationship under the headship of Christ.

What a wonderful thing to set our minds upon as we think about and pray for the many people affected by yesterday's shootings. One day, Christ will right all the wrongs done here on earth. Thank you, Lord.


Anonymous said...

Bri, do you know Mike & Laura Stevenson? They are on staff with CCC at VT. Jeff Ramsey forwarded to us some very specific prayer requests, one of which is to pray that the staff would have the leading of the Spirit to comfort the students.

Glad the doctor appt went well. That's so cool that he was back to his rootin' tootin' self by evening!

Beth Young said...

Such an encouraging post with the verses that you quoted. So true.

I'm glad your day went well and that De was able to be with you. What a blessing that Judah doesn't need surgery right now.

Zoanna said...

Good news to read. I must tell you I secretly crack up at how medical jargon has crept into your vernacular. It's cute!