Friday, May 17, 2013

May 17, 2013 has been a wonderful day of remembering and being thankful for all that we have been carried through in this past year.  Truly God has been gracious to us, and cared for us every step of the way.  Two favourite songs that we sing are Never Once (did we ever walk alone) by Matt Redman, and Not For A Moment (were we forsaken) by Meredith Andrews.  We are thankful that Lydia continues to recover and make progress.
Just this week, as I was vacuuming her school/therapy room, I was struck by how far she has come.  In the spot where her hospital bed used to be, there now stands an elliptical exercise machine.  Lydia is very keen to learn to run again, and the elliptical is helping her towards this goal.  She does "run", mostly forward, but sometimes sideways, and she has difficulty stopping.  With her balance difficulties, she moves awkwardly, but always full of joy and zeal.  A friend today, who saw her run, remarked that she looked like a frolicking calf!  How that blessed our hearts to remember the promise of this scripture in Malachi 4:2, that was given to us a week after her accident.  Even when she was motionless and unresponsive, we were encouraged that "this was not the valley of the shadow of death" (which we had wondered if it was), but that (Mal 4:2) "the sun of righteousness would rise with healing in its rays, and (Lydia) would go out and frolic, like well-fed calves"!  So we praise God for our frolicking calf!

This week, some great stories have been done in the paper, on our church website and on the news about Lydia's recovery.  We invite you to view them.

And as always, we thank you for your continued prayers.  Whatever you face, we pray this blessing of
Romans 15:13 over you.  May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.