This morning Lydia's face lit up when her brother walked in to see her. She smiled broadly at him. We have witnessed how helpful the boys are in Lydia's recovery, as she responds readily to them. In general, we see an increased response to familiar voices and faces, and how beautiful that her response continues to be a big smile! This afternoon and evening she was cared for by friends who have known her since before she was born: friends who prayed for her creation, before she was given to us. We are grateful for the many faithful friends we have in our lives.
Tonight we celebrated my parents 45th wedding anniversary, with friends and family. While we missed our Lydia, it was good to gather, laugh, eat great food, and celebrate their marriage. How fitting these words are for our journey with Lydia. Love is patient, love is kind. ... (Love) always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. (1 Cor 13:4, 7, 8)
As we are held by a loving, heavenly Father, we are given the grace to be patient, trusting, and hopeful. Indeed, His Love never fails.