This morning my sister, Michele, sent me this bible verse that she read and reminded her of Nathan and his battle ahead. I hope it encourages you as it has us.
"Do not be afraid or discouraged...For the battle (of Nathan's life) is not yours, but Gods... You will not have to fight this battle take up your positions (seeking Him on your knees); stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you. Do not be afraid or discouraged go out and face tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you. "
2 Chronicles 20:15,17
Gods word has brought much peace and rest to us as we wait on God. I am thankful we have Him to run to, He is always waiting for us. WOW. Thank you, Jesus.
An update for this morning:
Nathan has made it through the night and is on day three. It is a MIRACLE~ Thank you, God. The initial report of the doctors was that he would not live longer than a half hour. God has showed up in a mighty way as he is still alive. Nathan's brain injury is very serious. He has one-on-one care with a nurse 24/7 and is receiving excellent care. Nate, is still in a medically induced coma. His status is still critical - but stable. They said that the next 72 hours were critical to his walking away from this injury with the least amount of permenant residual consequences in terms of his quality of life. They need to keep the swelling of his brain down as much as possible. The nurse said last night that they were going to take Nate in for surgery to put a feeding tube in his stomach. Due to his original neck trauma in April 2003 they are having difficulty keeping a feeding tube in place when it is run through his nose. At this point, our prayers are eagerly needed. It has been so difficult to see Nathan in the state he is in. They have a cooling system on his body, to keep his temperature down. When we were with his yesterday, he was so cold. His temperature has been under control, but it is still needing to be constantly monitored. He is still on life-support, and will remain on it until things take a turn. We are praying this journey leads people to God. Nathan is a fighter, like I have said before. He really is strong, but right now pray for this mountain to be moved! I believe. James and I cried last night, cried for Nathan's life, but also for God to heal Nathan. Nathan was over hanging out on Saturday night, and now seeing him in ICU on life-support has changed James and I. God is moving. He is in TOTAL control, and we rest only in that. We trust the medical team that is treating and caring for Nathan. This is one of the top Trauma units, as I have said before. BUT, I, personally, know that God is the ultimate healer. HE knows Nathan's future, and no matter what that is...I pray God receives all the glory.
Bethany and her mom need our prayers as well. Bethany got some sleep last night. Nathan's grandma is here from Louisiana. She has suffered with altitude sickness, but is doing better. Just keep lifting them up and covering them in your prayers.
I will update you all this afternoon.
P.S. There have been people asking how they can help other than their continued prayers. I have suggested making meals, or sending cards. Fresh flowers are great, but nothing can be placed in the ICU with Nathan. If you would like to send Bethany flowers you can send them to James and my house, we will take them over to Nathan and Bethany's house. Thank you all so much for those of you who have already brought us meals and have sent flowers. You are such a blessing to us.
We give Nathan's life to the ONE who holds tomorrow. WOW, isn't that the best place he can be?!
I will update this afternoon. until then, keep praying.