Tuesday, May 15, 2018

So Close to Death

Two days ago this 18 year old,--son, brother--was in
a van that rolled over and who then suffered severe
head injuries. They did surgery and then took him
off life support. But, wait, he had a pulse that would
not quit...

Below is an update from a physician, a friend to
the family, and from Blake's brother:

"We think Blake is listening, deeply. He would tell
you today is a day to worship with gladness; come
before the Lord with songs of joy:"

He is jealous for me,
Loves like a hurricane; I am a tree,
bending beneath the weight of His
wind and mercy.
When all of a sudden I am unaware of these
afflictions eclipsed by glory.
And I realize just how beautiful He is.
And how great His affections are for me.

The brain continues to swell consistent with the in-
jury. The inflammation often continues for 3-7 days.
He is moving his arms and legs more. While he does
not have purposeful movements, there are move-
ments. That he is able to move the right side of his
body at all, is remarkable. Additionally today there
are signs of agitation. It appears as though he experi-
ences pain. Thus he is now on sedation for comfort.
The agitation is a sign that he has some intact sensa-
tion. While informative, the changes today add some
complexity to his care, and with time this may give
more information about his prognosis.

And we are His portion and He is our
Drawn by redemption by the grace
in His eyes.
If His grace is an ocean,
then we're all sinking.

"Blake will be the one to make any major decisions.
Brett thinks Blake is hearing more from the Holy
Spirit than any of us. We know the Lord is nearest
to Him. His body hangs on a thin thread between
life and heaven. For Blake "to die is gain, and to
live is Christ." He is in that sense in a bit of a win-
win. If his body hangs on, he will have changes.
With time, Blake may or not be able to function at
a level which is acceptable to Blake. We cannot ask
him right now what is acceptable to him, nor predict
with any certainty the level of function he will have.
Thus we wait, watch, and listen. Blake will be the
one to make any major decisions. When will he give
Brett and Teresa the clues as they listen to God and
wait for the clarity and power of the Holy Spirit?
The wounds of life are greater than the lessons on
our bodies. The healing is deeper.
The greatest power to heal is love.
This time with Blake is an outlet, a means to exper-
ience the power of the Father:  plug in."

And heaven meets earth like an
unforeseen kiss,
And my heart turns violently 
inside of my chest.
I don't have time to maintain
these regrets
When I think about the way that
He loves us.

Now a word from Zach, Blake's brother:

"If you have a sibling, stop what you're doing and
tell them that you love them. Search for anything
that is between you and make it right. Regret,
shame, vengeance all take work to create, and even
more to maintain. If that is what keeps you busy, it's
time to get a new job. The job description is not as
much one of instruction as it is direction: "Come to 
me you who are weary and find rest. " Believing
is the work, affections for the Creator and each other
is the paycheck. Want to get rich quick? Call on
Jesus, then your brother or sister and tell them that
you love them."

Yeah, He loves us,
Oh, how He loves us.

"(Zach feels light and free of heart with Blake. He
has no regrets, nothing left unsaid, and deep love.
He wants what they have for everyone reading this,
knowing this could happen to any of us at any mo-

Reader, I wanted to share this post with you because
these dear ones know God in such a real way that
they are able to hold life loosely and wait on God
for His timing and His purpose. Besides, even
though I do not know this family, the posts bring
me to tears.

Please pray for Blake,
his family and friends.

Oh, How He Loves Us

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