A prayer for healing and wholeness

She is too tired to play in the playroom now that her isolation precautions have been lifted. Her fever continues to spike up to 104 despite the antibiotics. Yet the doctors think she's fit to be discharged to home tomorrow. I can't really argue.

Questions swirl. Will she continue to improve on oral antibiotics? Will she lose some of the brain function we've worked so hard for her to regain? Will I be able to work on Wednesday? Should I? What about the Relevant blogging conference I'm planning to attend in Pennsylvania Thursday through Sunday? (By the way, if you are so led, please consider donating. We have used up the current donations on hotel and food costs in Rochester during this unexpected stay away from home. See the left toolbar on the top of the blog.)

I page through old photos and find this set as she works on two piece puzzles with letters and symbols starting with that letter. The beauty of her skin strikes me. Thin and torn in places now, dark circles under her eyes, I long for the peaches and cream chubbiness to return to her little 5 year old fists. Prayers continue to be for her survival and thriving. We pray God led us to catch this early enough this time. Again, we pray against future infection.

Precious Lord, I feel close to Mary in this St. Mary's hospital. The mother who watched her Son pay the price for my sin. Watched His body torn apart. Washed and wrapped Him after He died. Please don't let our family suffer that loss, dear Lord. Sustain and preserve our sweet Amelia and deliver us home with her healed and whole. With you alone this is possible. We do not hold the keys to life or death, and can only beg your mercy on us as we long to spend many long years with this precious daughter and sister you've given us.
For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one also hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it. (Romans 8:24-25)