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By Faith and Not By Sight


This morning Jonah walked, with a walker, from the water fountain to the doorway of our worship center. These are the most steps he has taken since December 17, 2012.


Why? We don't know. The week of December 10, Jonah had the flu. He was in bed all week with coughing and headaches and fever. I knew that lying in bed would make his bones and joints feel stiff, but he always bounces back quickly.


The weekend of December 15 and 16 was a busy one! We were busy with many church activities, and on Sunday afternoon, Jonah even ran a little and played tag with some friends. One of our friends reportedly saw Jonah stumble and fall that day, but Jonah doesn't remember it. He did complain occasionally over the weekend about his legs hurting and even used his wheelchair some, but I didn't think much about it.


Then came Monday morning, December 17th, Jonah was hurting so badly that he couldn't get out of bed. I thought that perhaps he was just stiff and sore. But by Thursday, when I took him to physical therapy in the wheelchair, his knees were swollen and stiff. He was not walking at all. The therapists immediately sent us to Children's Hospital for an x-ray, which led to an MRI, which led to extensive blood testing. None of these tests have shown anything definite.


What's wrong? No one really knows. Here we are, in mid-February of 2013, and Jonah is still not walking. He's lost over 10 pounds because of the pain. Children's Hospital put him on some nerve medicine to try and help with the pain. Maybe it's helping a little with the pain, but we don't see any improvement in his knee swelling or his ability to walk. Because we've exhausted our doctor and specialist possibilities here in St. Louis, we are being sent to Children's Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, on March 22. This Cincinnati hospital is the leading children's hospital in the nation, with an Ehlers-Danlos Clinic and many bone and joint specialists on staff. We are hoping and praying for some answers and some ways to help Jonah.


Please pray for Jonah. Please pray for wisdom as we see a whole set of new doctors in Cincinnati. Please pray for God to be glorified in this journey.


The other day, I was upset and complaining about Jonah's pain. Jonah stopped me. "No, Mom. God has let this happen to me for a reason. And I know He loves me. I know that the moment God's purpose is done, He will take all of this away."


Just love this boy. Please pray for Jonah.


As Jesus went along, He saw a man blind from birth.
His disciples asked Him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?"
"Neither this man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus, "but this happened that the works of God might be displayed in him…"


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