“A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.” Ezekiel 36:26
The heart is amazing. The heart is vital. The physical heart confounds even the finest of surgeons who know how to repair it and have held quite a few in their hands. I do marvel at the physical heart- and even more so over the last 6 months as I have come to understand more about it. I am amazed at all that it does and the effect it has on the whole system, whether good or bad.
Though the physical heart and it’s ability to be deemed sick, to be operated on and fixed, to heal, and to become full functioning again is amazing…it has caused me to realize how much MORE amazing it is that God can take the sick and stony heart of a man and heal it into a heart of flesh! He can take our sick hearts and make them WHOLE:
Romans 10:9 – That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
John 3:16-17 – For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Oh I am so grateful for God’s masterful ability to take a sick heart like mine, like Charlie’s, like yours and make it WHOLE in HIM.
Charlie has few problems in his physical heart that have made his first months more challenging. Thankfully his heart has been very strong and stable despite it’s limitations. The day has finally come that we get to utilize and glorify God for the amazing advancements in medicine to bring more wholeness to Charlie’s little physical body. Tuesday at 10am Charlie will undergo major open heart surgery to repair his precious little heart. I will be sure to ask the surgeon to keep his eyes open for Jesus as he repairs Charlie’s heart (per Naomi’s request). We covet your prayers as we prepare for this big day, for the surgery, and for a smooth recovery. The greatest concern for Charlie is his risk for infection due to his other issues below the heart. Even though those issues have not resolved and it increases his risks during the heart repair, the time is right and the repair needs to happen for Charlie to begin to heal and move forward.
We are grateful that the doctors have allowed us special permission to take the family to visit Charlie today (Naomi’s birthday) before surgery. The children are bubbling over with joy and excitement to see their brother.
1)Charlie would stay well prior to surgery
2)Surgery prep and surgery would go smoothly
4)That this repair would aid in Charlie’s overall healing and progress.
5)That Charlie’s lung function and profusion would improve greatly and thrive after the heart surgery. This is a vital component to Charlie’s healing.
5)That MANY would come to understand the skill of JESUS’ hand to heal their stony and sick hearts- to WHOLE and HEALTHY spiritual hearts!
We love each of you and our family is grateful for your love and interest in Charlie’s journey and healing…may God richly bless you for caring for one of the least of these! (Matthew 25:4)