Friday, October 23, 2009


“Father, bring glory to your name.” John 12:28

Lord, this has been my prayer since March 3rd of this year. As I have stood by the bedside of my dad after errors in care were made causing life threatening complications to arise. It’s been a weary walk.

As others encouraged our family to take action against the hospital, we offered forgiveness. Does this mean we just accepted the mistakes and continued on? No. We expressed our disappointment in the health care system. We met with those who held influence over future patients care and voiced our concerns. We held hands around dads bed and in waiting rooms and prayed, giving testimony to the one Physician who ultimately was providing dad’s care. Like Christ we prayed for the cup to be passed (Matthew 26:39), but He chose for us to sip a little, and in the drinking to glorify His name.

Friends, I have exciting news!!!

Back on March 27th, I wrote that short of a miracle my dad would not be coming home. Well…we’ve received that miracle!!

In just five more days, October 28th, my dad is coming home! What makes this homecoming a double blessing is that October 28th is my mom’s 84th birthday! What a gift. What a Giver!

Lord, I pray that as we’ve journeyed this unexpected road for almost eight months, daily at the hospital, our lives have brought You glory. I pray our responses and reactions have spoken of You. I pray staff and visitors have seen Your presence.

Father, I thank and praise You now for bringing glory to Your name in dad’s illness and healing. Although his mobility may be slower and he’ll need some assisted care, his mind has been renewed and my dad no longer demonstrates the characteristics of one effected by the medical error made.

Father thank You for glorifying Your name through pain and suffering, through doubt and fear, through confusion and heartache and now through praise and rejoicing.

In my life Lord, be glorified today.

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~Grace and Peace said...

I'm so happy for you, Joy! And the timing is perfect. I'm sure your Mom would not have wanted anything else. What a blessing. Happy 84th birthday to her, too. Welcome Home, Joy's Dad!

Praise God!

Marilyn in Mississippi said...

What wonderful, wonderful news Joy! It brought tears to my eyes and praise to my lips! Had to wait a few minutes to type a comment because I had my hand lifted in praise to our wonderful Lord!

This is such a happy thing for me to read today! I have prayed for you and your family and have so hoped that your Dad would be able to return home to those who love him so very much!

I know there is much excitement in the air for your family!

May God bless you my Friend!!! Mississippi

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Thanking God tonight for the miracle of homecomings! It speaks a sacred joy all its own.


Sharon@JoyInTheTruth said...

Wow Joy! Praise the name of Jesus! So thankful for this great news! Will be praying and rejoicing on 10/28!

"short of a miracle". God did not come up short! Wow! As you "sipped" from the cup and glorified His name, He is now giving you the runneth over blessings of His abundant goodness!

My eyes teared up when you said that his mind has been renewed! Praise the Lord! Amazing! Your daddy will enjoy his homecoming wholeheartedly! And Happy Birthday to your mom! What a great day that will be!

Rejoicing with you!

For His glory,