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
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
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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