Monday, February 27, 2012

The Gentle Healer

T's suffocating off-the-ball defense
To be honest, it's been a difficult weekend at the hospital. Round 3 has been the toughest so far (outside of the Rituxan reaction in Round 1). The methotrexate given via spinal tap has forced Kim to stay horizontal all weekend otherwise she gets bad headaches and she's lost 3 pounds as she's not eating well. We've tried Vicodin without much success. We're trying a new pain med Fioricet which we're praying works better - please pray with us. We will probably be discharged tomorrow morning and we're hoping that she can at least sit up and walk around by then for the sake of the kids. I've posted a couple photos of the kids that Kim's younger sister (Christina) emailed us that made us smile. You don't realize how much you take for granted until you're away from them and we're learning to treasure the "little moments" in life as gifts from God.

S flying a kite
I came across this old devotional I wrote about a year ago - which was a good reminder for me this morning. Ultimately healing of ailments, disease and even sin can only come from Jesus Himself. I know some of you out there are dealing with your own medical ailments (some very severe). We hope this ministers to you as well....

And a leper came to Him and bowed down before Him, and said, "Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean." Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, "I am willing; be cleansed." And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. -Matthew 8:2-3

You gain a deeper awareness for germs when you have young children. I think the three most repeated phrases in parenthood are "Don't touch that!", "Put that down!" and "Spit that out!" From anti-bacterial soaps to bleach wipes our culture has declared a war on germs and we parents are on the front-lines.

That said, I don't think our high sense of hygiene could hold a candle to the 1st century Jew and their many ceremonial laws. I wonder how the people reacted when Jesus touched the leper that day. Did they gasp in shock? Grimace in horror? Surely they wondered why Jesus would dare to touch...."the leper". He could have accomplished the healing with a simple word - as He did on many other occasions. But no, this time He stretches out His own hand to touch the one who would render you unclean at best or infect you into a fellow leper at worst.

When we touch the unclean...we become unclean. When Jesus touches the unclean...He makes it clean. That is the power of God! Is there anything unclean in your life? Stop trying to use what is unclean to clean what is unclean - it's an exercise in futility. Instead, let Jesus stretch out his hand and touch what is unclean - and render it clean.

In His Grace,
Peter & Kim


  1. Continually praying with you.

  2. Ditto on comment above. Praying for you with hope in God and celebrating with you your children's "little moments" as well.

  3. 46 God is our refuge and strength,
        a very present[b] help in trouble.
    2 Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
        though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
    3 though its waters roar and foam,
        though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah
    4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
        the holy habitation of the Most High.
    5  God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
        God will help her when morning dawns.
    6  The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;
        he utters his voice, the earth melts.
    7  The Lord of hosts is with us;
        the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
    8  Come, behold the works of the Lord,
        how he has brought desolations on the earth.
    9  He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
        he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
         he burns the chariots with fire.
    10  “Be still, and know that I am God.
         I will be exalted among the nations,
        I will be exalted in the earth!”
    11  The Lord of hosts is with us;
        the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
    Psalm 46

  4. 2 Samuel 6:11

    11 The ark of the LORD remained in the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite for three months, and the LORD blessed him and his entire household.

    There is no need for an ark since Christ broke down those walls. All that remains are the promises of the Old Testament. the LORD blesses you and your entire household...even through these difficult times.

    Stay strong...Kim and Peter...

    with prayers, thoughts and many reminders to slow down in life...for in the end, we live for Him...and none else