It’s been one year since The Boy first got sick, and since he’s not such a valetudinarian anymore, we really should be writing up a testimonial… if I can ever drag The Mom into it.  Sometimes I have to hold her down, but for this I have to “drag” her to it.  When it comes to remembering difficult things her son had to endure, no matter how much God was present through it, she just doesn’t want to “go back there”.  Why, she still doesn’t like to think of the time he had his appendix out–FOURTEEN YEARS AGO!

Anyway, this is an effort to get her moving on it a little, so hopefully SOON…

Meanwhile, some other reasons to praise.

Is it coincidence that this is the next picture to come up?  It’s one of those scrapbooking ones again.  This is The Mom’s brother (we’ve posted pictures of the other brother before, but not this one).  It’s one of her favourite pictures because of the expression on his face… you just want to squish him!

This is the brother that has/had Crohn’s disease.  For years and years he had stomach problems–The Mom never even realized how bad it was until Nanny said recently that he was often being taken to the doctor.  I think people often thought he was just eating things he knew he shouldn’t be. But three other kids grew up at the same time, eating the same things, and none of them have/had such problems.  After he was married, he ended up in the hospital several times.  It was only a few short years ago, that he was finally diagnosed.  (That’s how little they still know about Crohn’s.)  A couple of years ago he had surgery, and now he’s gained weight and has never been healthier.  But this surgery doesn’t always work, plus, he’s been told that it may or may not, come back any time.  He’s just enjoying the time he has.

Our happiness about healings is tempered by the knowledge of a friend’s husband who has been extremely sick with Crohn’s for years.  She has a beautiful, gentle spirit, and has suffered a lot for her husband; presently he is suicidal.  But we must say that we feel for him.  What would you feel like if you could not eat?  Oh God, forgive us!  We beg you for Max.  Give him some sense that You are beside Him, that You understand, that You love him.

“And may the Master pour on the love so it fills your lives and splashes over on everyone around you, just as it does from us to you.  May you be infused with strength and purity, filled with confidence in the presence of God our Father when our Master Jesus arrives with all his followers.” (1 Thess. 3:12, 13)

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