James 1: 2-4
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because
you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish
its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
This verse comes to mind when I think of Lydia, and her joy. She faces overwhelming trials - physically and mentally, and yet she has a big grin on her face and a vitality that is divinely given. Maybe God is sparing her from understanding how much she has lost, and how great her current limitations are, or maybe He has prepared her for this and is leading her through, and giving her joy in the journey. Either way, we thank and praise Him for Lydia's joy, and her willing attitude towards therapy.
One of the hardest parts of this journey for us, is letting go of who Lydia was, and waiting patiently to see who she will become. We love the vibrant girl who got on her school bus 12 weeks ago. We love the bright eyed girl we share with now. And we will love the Lydia that it is to come. Between now and then, we wait. God keeps whispering to us to trust Him. So we trust Him with the new Lydia that He is knitting together.
Joy is ours this weekend, as well. We invite you to celebrate with us (in your own way - NOT at our house!) that we can share the wonderful news that Lydia is coming home for the weekend! She is strong enough, and we are overjoyed to have her home with us - to be the Herrle5 together at home. PLEASE do not drop in to visit. There will be therapy support workers and nurses here to assist with care. Lydia is not in a position where she can handle the stimulation of many visitors!
Romans 12:12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction,faithful in prayer.
We invite you again into this verse. Let's all share in Lydia's joy, and be joyful in the great hope that we have; let's be patient through the long recovery process; and let's continue on in prayer.