All Must Be Well

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.

I love this ‘re-tuned’ hymn from Indelible Grace. We sing it often at All Saints, and you can listen to it here. Let the truths take root in your heart, especially if you are suffering.

Through the love of God our Savior, All will be well
Free and changeless is His favorAll 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.


14 responses to All Must Be Well

  1. Thank you for this. My heart aches for your worry. It’s such a blessing to hear he will heal. Thank you for being an example and praising God in the middle of this messy life.

    Thank you for stopping to write about this. You SO didn’t have to.
    God bless you guys.

  2. Auntie Mary Ann McCloy says:

    I went back and read the posts for a long way back. My favorite is the trip in the Zambezi and the elephants…. especially your explanations … 🙂 and of course I wanted to reread the one that went viral to the young ladies. 🙂

  3. Kathleen says:

    Wow – as the mother of a 15 year old and 18 year old boys, this post really impacted me. This must have been difficult to share so publicly. I am glad that your son is doing well.

  4. Nancy Winslow says:

    So thankful. God answers prayer!

  5. fancyranci says:

    I am so glad that your beautiful child is healing. What a testament of your faith you have shared here!

  6. Bette Franklin says:

    Great comments. Jesus is all we need for He is faithful.

  7. Julie says:

    God is good…all the time! May He be praised!!

  8. tonya says:

    Prayers to you during this troubled time. Your words really touch me as a Mother who worries over her son. Mine has just turned 20 this year and is still my little boy! So glad things turned out well for you all. May they continue to do so! Thanks for all your words of wisdom in this crazy, crazy world!

  9. Meg says:

    So glad he is okay. Love to you and your family.

  10. Diana Erwin says:

    I could feel my heart beating in my throat when I read this post. I am so glad your son is well. My seventeen year old son, Ty, will be having a stem cell transplant on June 19th as he is in his third battle with non-hodgkins lymphoma. Ty is covered in prayer by so many as we have a wonderful support group at the church my husband pastors but my heart aches when I think about the actual procedures and the pain that will follow the chemo and radiation. I will remember to pray the Psalms out loud like your husband did and know that all will be well. Thank you for posts and God bless you and your family!

  11. Given Breath says:

    Oh Diana, I will also be praying with all of you for precious Ty. Thank you so much for telling me, and I would love to be included in any updates? May the LORD’s Spirit be with you all in double portion. XO

    “I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.” (Isaiah 42:16)

  12. stewcarol says:

    Such a wonderful post of faith and healing. Just shared that amazing song on Facebook, thank you, I think it will help friends who are hurting.

  13. Diana Erwin says:

    Thank you for the prayers and for the scripture! My sisters-in-Christ started a Facebook page so that we can post updates. It is Pray For Ty.

  14. Kim, I loved your How to Love A Friend in the Hospital post – which was excellent! … and then I backtracked to here to see what was going on. It reminded me of my own son’s bleed out after a 1 in a million error… But God was so faithful to me at that time. I want you to read the story here
    What a faithful God we serve. Prayers for your son’s healing, and for your own healing too, drama has a way of making us a bit PTSD.

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