April 14, 2010

Laura’s drainage tubes have been in place almost a month. Her surgeon said it was unusual for the surgery site to require drainage for more than 14 days.

However, the amount of drained fluid must decrease sufficiently before the tube comes out.

Each night I put new dressings and ointment on her wound. Laura sits on a stool in front of the mirror while I drain and measure how much fluid she lost that day. I watch her face as she looks at herself and waits for me to announce if she made any progress. Patience has never been one of my virtues but Laura is like a rock.

Over the years I’ve tried all kinds of things to get my kids to go to church. When they were young I forced them from their beds and into the car on Sunday mornings, often encouraging them with threats... not the best way, I know. Now that they are grown, I sometimes tell them that they need to go to church to be close to God, even when they may feel they do not need Him… so that when those times come when they DO need Him, He would be close by. We thank God for the blessing of our Fellowship Church family.

On Sunday our Pastor preached on the biblical characters of Abraham, Jacob and Joseph from the Old Testament. He pointed out how they exemplified the qualities of Faith, Surrender and Perseverance. Christ sewed those virtuous seeds long ago in Laura and now they are being cultivated by her suffering. There is a mystery in suffering I know many of you have also experienced. It seems so pointless… until I think of the Cross! Faith, Surrender and Perseverance… these are the lessons of Calvary!

Please continue to pray for Laura and all those in need of God’s mercy.

Matt & Laura Lynch

Romans 5:3
“… rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us."

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