Well, it is Kim's turn to be at the hospital tonight, so I (Jason) will try to do my best to update the blog again. Liam and I had a great night last night. we has a lot of fun and when it was time to actually sleep Liam did well there too. Aside from a few washroom trips he managed to get some much needed rest. This morning also started off well, but he was sick to his stomach and then was not much in the mood for eating the rest of the day. He did have a little to eat toward the end of the day but was again sick just before I left tonight. He gets a bit discouraged after being sick so we pray he does not get too down. He has not had much to eat this week and with the surgery approaching quickly we are praying that he can eat well tomorrow, get his strength up and be feeling positive.
I know that Kim has been sharing lessons she has learned and so I thought I would share some neat moments we shared with Liam today. There was a moment when it was just the three of us, and Liam asked if I could read 2 Corinthians 3. I was a bit surprised, but I got my bible and read "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort." Kim and I realized that this was one of the scriptures that Kim had hung on the wall of the hospital room. We were not sure that Liam had really noticed, but apparently he has been reading them and finding comfort from God's word. Similarly, I had taken a moment to read the story from Mark 8 (that I had referred to in a previous post) in which Jesus heals a blind man, but does so in two steps. I have found comfort in that story over the last few days and thought that it might comfort Liam as well. After I read it to him, I was not sure he had really heard me or found it all that comforting. He had been tired and I wasn't sure whether he was able to pay that close attention. Later in the evening, however, my parents were visiting and when the topic of his surgery came up Liam stopped and asked that I share about the story where Jesus healed a man in two steps. I asked Him to tell us about it and he continued to recount the story of when a blind man was brought to Jesus. Jesus spit on his eyes and asked the man what he saw. The man said he saw people but they looked like trees. Jesus again touched the man's eyes and his sight was restored. Liam had listened the story, taken it to heart and indeed had found comfort in God's word. I was reminded of the thought found in Isaiah 55:11 that when God's word goes out it does not return empty but accomplished what He desires. We can share God's word with our children, and trust that despite what the initial reaction or appearance might be, that it can and does make a great difference. God's Word truly is amazing!
As I have been writing, I received a call from Kim and Liam. Liam is a bit discouraged as they have decided to reconnect his IV in order to get his fluids back up and deliver some steroids to control swelling. It is probably best for his body but it is not as comfortable for him and it means that he has to wheel the IV pole around with him everywhere. Please pray that he will not feel down, and that his body will be strengthened.