Rose and I just got some very troubling news, and we ask that you join us in pleading God's mercy and healing for Jude.
After the surgeon opened up Jude, he found "the worst thing he could have found:" Because of Jude's recent peritonitis, Jude's bowel is matted and fused together, and his liver is enlarged. The surgeon is going to attempt to unravel his bowel and organs, but he is very worried about bleeding from the blood vessels caught up in his organs there. As yet, he can't even see Jude's diaphragm to determine how big the defect is.
This is extremely serious and life threatening. It's not certain whether the surgeon will be successful in what he now has to do. Jude's specific problem and circumstances leading up to now are very unique, and it sounds like the surgeons have never seen anything quite like this before. The procedure will now take much longer as the surgeon begins the tedious work of gently pulling apart his organs.
Please, please join us and pray for Jude's healing. We know that so many of you have already been in prayer for him, and we are so very thankful. We know that God can work miracles, and Jude needs one.
This story has stuck with me since our pastor mentioned it in a sermon some time back:
And they came to Jericho. And as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a great crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the roadside. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart. Get up; he is calling you.” And throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. And Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” And the blind man said to him, “Rabbi, let me recover my sight.” And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him on the way.