I just do not even know where to start!! What a day!! The surgical part is finished and the surgeon was very pleased with the way things went. The next 48 hours will be critical as far as swelling, pain, blood clots forming, infection etc...Nick went in about 7:30 AM and was in surgery until about 4:30-5:00PM. He had no fear this morning and appeared very peaceful. We spoke with the surgeon in detail about 5:50 and he said Nick will be in ICU 2-3 days. We are heading back up to see him shortly he wasn't going to be in his ICU room until around 9:00pm. I cannot wait to see him.
Can I just say over joyed and full of thankfulness for God's goodness today. Let me tell you how your prayers worked for us. Knowing Nick would be in surgery all day and the many serious risks involved with the surgery, you would think we would be anxious and full of fear during all those hours........NO WAY....NOT ONCE. I am here to testify to you about the power of you prayers & fasting. They brought us supernatural peace ( We were walking in a huge peace bubble today). They bound away any fear that could have crippled our thoughts. They took what could have been an unbearable situation and made it more than bearable. They brought my man through a dangerous surgery. I could go on and on. God heard your pleas and answered your prayers!!! Glory, Glory, Glory to HIM forever.
I witnessed God's children at work today on the 4th floor. The Word being spoken, many, many circles of prayers throughout the day, encouragement, laughter, God's love in the fullest. Really I cannot express in one post what I was witnessed today. All God, all good, all day long!!
Together we tackled a big hurdle today. More are coming, but we will go forth with all of God's wisdom, guidance, grace and love and tackle them too!
Your visits, prayers, texts, emails & voicemails were gift's throughout this day. You have all glorified HIM and I hope you can feel the warmth from His smile tonight.
Our immediate prayer requests are:
No blood clots
Psalm 95 1-6
Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.
For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him.
The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.
Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker;
A post from Aaron:
Though it might not be saying much from 16 brief years of experience, I don't know any other way to say it: I am in awe. What I experienced the past few days is incomparable, as I saw the love of Christ pour out from friends who, to me, are like family. For most, a day like today would've been solemn, fear-filled, and long. For us, it was joyful, peaceful, and...well, it was still long. :)
God reminded things to me that I, for one, needed to see...that prayer is effectual beyond our deepest understanding, that he is present in everything, and that his peace transcends even the greatest of fears. I've been trying to find some way to express my gratitude and joy...the holy elation that fills me today...but it's something that I can only feel, and not fully explain. I'm humbled, and it's a feeling I don't want to lose, because it gives me such great love for Christ and His people. What the Lord did in a little over 10 short days has put a perspective on my life that gives such great purpose to such an overwhelming journey.
I know that each prayer, each offering to God, each word spoken in Christ today surrounded us and my father with a holy presence. The thankfulness I feel toward God and the people he has put in our lives is indescribable. I saw prayers answered in hours today...my God is limitless. I saw laughter and joy amid the long hours filled with anxious thoughts...my God is limitless. I felt the love of His people every step of the day...yes, my God is limitless.
I cannot thank the incredible people who were there for us today, be it in person or in prayer. The Spirit of God is so alive, and the blessings we experienced with the success of the surgery and the protection of God over my father is a but a small, glorious testament to what our Savior can do through faith.
I know that a long road still lies ahead, but I believe now more than ever that God will take us every step of the way according to His will.
Thanking for your love,