This has been a bloody week.
As a result of a nicked artery (the one-in-a-million complication during jaw surgery), David and I watched our son bleed.
The bleeding was aggressive and mean. Can a boy really lose this much blood and be OK?
The answer is no. He cannot.
Luke withered and paled. His famous optimism bled out, and his hatred of blood grew fierce. And the prayers of God’s people were lifted up.
I call on you, O God, and you will answer me; give ear to me and hear my prayer.
Early in the despair-filled morning hours, David prayed the Psalms out into the dark. His weary voice carried eternal promises over bloodied sheets, and the suffering of his son.
Keep me as the apple of your eye, O God, hide me in the shadow of your wings.
Exhaustion (and blood).
For the LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, in whom I take refuge.
Frustrated tears (and blood).
We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.
Fear and blood flowed mingled down.
May your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD, even as we put our hope in you.
And the prayers of God’s people were lifted up.
Luke rests in his own bed as I write this. Skilled surgeons, and their teams, repaired the damaged artery. Competent nurses administered the best of care. The blood has subsided, and in time he will be completely well.
And I write to you of God’s goodness and mercy, not just because all has turned out well, but because even in the uncertainty, the doubts, the fatigue, and the bloodiest hours, the prayers of God’s people sang out around us a resounding and eternal truth: Our hope is in the LORD, and All is well.
Through the love of God our Savior, All will be well
Free and changeless is His favor, All is well
Precious is the blood that healed us
Perfect is the grace that sealed us
Strong the hand stretched forth to shield us
All must be well
Let all God’s people continue to give thanks, as we have for thousands of years, and in thousands of tongues, that through the love (and blood) of God our Savior, All will be well.
God’s wisdom and peace to you, today.