My Daughter is having surgery on her spinal cord on Tuesday, 7/24. She is diagnosed with what is called a Tethered Spine, and a Dermoid. Scary stuff! The surgery will include removing the Dermoid from her lower back and resulting in untethering her spine. The goal is to reduce the danger of infection by removing the dermoid, and to untether her spinal cord. As parents, we’ve faced the fact that there is little available to do in our own power leading up to tomorrow’s surgery. We’ve done the best we possibly can, found a great hospital and surgeon, and now we’re going to trust God with the rest.
One other thing I can plan and use my influence for is encouraging people to join us in prayer. Would you do that for her please? Feel free to share this blog post in any way you like on the web and social media. You can “like” “tweet” and “pin” away as much as you feel comfortable doing so. I appreciate the exposure and the prayers for her.
I know that God is good, and that He is there with us at all times. I have told so many other parents that simple truth as we prayed through their circumstances. I’m now sharing that same wisdom with myself, and praying together each day with my own wife and my children.
I’ll be honest: it is totally easier to tell someone else to trust God when I can walk out of the hospital room and back into my regular schedule. I can’t do that this time. Now I stay in the hospital with my pregnant wife and we pray for our daughter. It’s different this time. It’s my kid.
We have some great friends and family that have really reached out to us, encouraged us, and prayed with us. Even pastors from other churches have reached out to me. Pastors I don’t even work with anymore, calling me from their respective vacations and/or busy schedules to connect and to pray. Man it means a lot to know these guys care. God has surrounded us with people who love us and our family. I can thank God for that. It would be tough without this kind of support.
So pray with me for my daughter Clare. Pray with me for my wife Jennifer who is pregnant, and would probably be better off relaxing right now. Pray that this all works out, that Clare gets better, and nothing is worse. And thank God on my behalf for placing so much love and support around us. The love that so many friends, family members, and even strangers have sent our way is simply a gift from God. As in everything, we are grateful that we have Jesus as our real life example of how to do life, no matter what. And we are thankful that one day, thanks to Jesus, no more babies will have to go to the hospital anymore.
Update: Here is how this all unfolded