June 07, 2007

Keep Praying!!

A few days ago we asked for prayer for a young man, Micah Magnusson (the brother-in-law of Joel's best friend). Keep on praying! This dear family truly needs our prayers, love and support. We experienced a hospital stay with our Chloe and I cannot describe the emotional roller coaster that you feel during a circumstance like this. I've posted some pictures of their family, as I find it easier to pray with a face in mind. Please, as the Spirit brings the Magnusson family and especially Micah to your minds, PRAY like crazy for complete healing, decreased swelling in his brain, peace and rest! Thank you so much.

The Magnusson family
(Micah is on the far right in white tshirt)

This picture was taken at Micah's high school graduation a few days ago. His good friend wore a "I love Micah" shirt and carried his picture as he received Micah's diploma.

Here are some recent updates from the family (found at the CarePages website, you need to sign in and then look up MicahMag's care page, if you would like to leave a message for the family).



June 07, 2007 at 06:56 AM EDT
"I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD, be STRONG and let you heart take COURAGE, Yes, wait for the LORD. PS 27: 13,14"

Day 9 Rest -

This is what Micah was doing as we awoke at 2:00 , 3:00, 5:30 AM. He was resting. Thank you LORD. In the last 18 hours, he has had, his drip tube surgery, a stitch in his scalp to stop bleeding, a trip downstairs for an MRI, numerous pokes and pricks to draw blood, numerous lung suctions, and in 6 hours he has his traceosotmy (sp?). All this on top of major brain surgery 9 days ago, he needs rest. He has been sedated for most of these things the last few hours. He is a fighter and we continue to fight with him and along side of him. Yet even as I say that, we have an unexplainable peace that there is One Who is fighting this battle for us. We feel that He has a vast army of volunteer saints who have enlisted to fight along side of Him as well. Thanks for enlisting.

Fixing our Eyes on Jesus Today,

Dale


16 June 06, 2007 at 06:50 AM EDT
"And the angel of the LORD came again a second time and touched him and said, "Arise, eat, because the journey is too great for you" 1 Kings 19:7

Day 8 - Praise God - Micah is alive and still with us after one week and one day! God has performed so many miracles in our eyes to get him to this point. I am convinced that YOUR prayers are nourishment and strength for his healing! Thank you, Thank you!

"Every day better"
These were the words a friend whose 19 year old child had been in a very similar state shared with us yesterday. God used her and so many others to come and "touch" us and give us "food" to sustain us. Every day we do see Micah getting better, yet the journey is long for him. To the casual observer he would look pretty much the same as when he arrived 8 days ago. But we see definite changes in small things. He still can not move anything, or blink, but his eyes will come open and we can see those beautiful blue eyes God has given him. His coughing reflex has increased significantly. He is breathing more and more on his own. We "sense" that he can hear us at times, but we do not know for sure.

Yesterday they placed a "filter" below his heart to protect against any blood clots. Today they will place a "feeding tube/port" into his abdomen. Tomorrow they will perform a tracheotomy. All of these procedures are reverseable and will improve his comfort and protection during his recovery. These were very hard things to hear yesterday as we simply want him to "wake up and walk home". And then just at the right moment God sent this mother who had been in our shoes a few years earlier to help us because the "journey is too great" for us.

You may not realize it, but in each visit, each tear, each word, each email, each touch, each prayer, each act of kindness, we "feel" His touch giving us strength and healing Micah.

In His Love,

Dale


15 June 05, 2007 at 07:07 AM EDT
"Then he said to me "Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the FIRST DAY that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in repsonse to your words (prayers)." Daniel 10:12

The LORD brought this passage to my mind before I fell asleep last night. From the FIRST DAY his prayers were heard and God responded, yet it took 21 days for Daniel to learn of it (verse 13).

The fast yesterday and the prayer time last night was a very beautiful picture of the "body of Christ" strengthening and helping the weaker members (us & Micah). "Then this one with human appearance touched me again and strenghtened me" (10:18) Thank you for your touch, it is powerful!

Today is Day 7 - One week. No that can not be possible, surely it was only a few hours ago that Micah came home for his open house. Time has lost much of it's impact upon us these last few days. We wait, we pray, we laugh, we cry, we hug, we bless, we hope, we trust, we surrender, we love and receive it back. We drink deeply each word, comment, prayer, verse that you share with us on these pages. We read them over and over. In fact we even fight to get the computer so we can read them! What a blessing you are to us. Micah continues to fight, and so do we. We do not know if it will be 21 days or 21 months, but we do sense and believe that God has already heard and responded from the FIRST DAY.

With great love and a Great God,

Dale (Micah's Dad)


14 June 04, 2007 at 04:54 PM EDT
Today at 7:30pm we are meeting at the Auditorium to break our "We love Micah Fast", which is on the LL floor of the hospital. This is the same floor that Micah's surgery took place and where the cafeteria is.

One answer to prayer is that Micah has been tolerating his food. A few nights ago, they put in a smaller tube that goes deeper into his stomach - this seemed to do the trick for him keeping down food.
This afternoon when Nate and I came in Micah opened his eyes slightly and responded with eye movement to Nate's voice.
Josiah and I looked at the Cat Scan from a few days ago together this morning and it just showed a very realistic picture of what we are dealing with. There was still a lot of swelling and until that goes down we won't know what the full damage is. We need to see the swelling subside and brain fluid in its place. Pray that this would happen in Micah's brain.

The overflowing of love and care makes our hearts ache and full at the same time. This afternoon we had one of my Dad's nephew's drive 4.5 hours from Chicago to pray over Micah and show his support and then leave to drive 4.5 hours back. We are so thankful for you all.
I think we are all starting to feel the effects of this marathon. Often times our hearts desire to just be on a quick sprint and yet God, in his infinite mercy, desires to show us that even when we feel despaired or we cannot go on, how far His peace and strength will carry us.
We have hope beyond all of this too. A hope that we get to spend an eternity together in heaven. This comforts me, knowing that even though the "right now" is the hardest thing our family has ever had to face - our focus is on the eternal. We have this hope because of Jesus. He is what we will contintue to cling to, hope in, and pray in HIS NAME that Micah will be healed!
~Kara

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