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2 Corinthians 1:8-11 "For we do not want you to be unaware, brethren, of our affliction which came to us in Asia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life; 9 indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead; 10 who delivered us from so great a peril of death, and will deliver us, He on whom we have set our hope. And He will yet deliver us, 11 you also joining in helping us through your prayers, so that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the favor bestowed on us through the prayers of many.
God has had me in 2 Corinthians for the last several days. There are many verses that have been impressed on my mind, but this one really hit me tonight. As Paul explained the gravity of their situation to the church at Corinth, he made a couple of points that have really encouraged me in our current trying times. In verse 10, he clearly establishes who has control over the situation... God. God delivered, will deliver, and will YET deliver was Paul's understanding of the situation. Because of this, Paul's hope was firmly fixed on God. As we consider the loss of Micah and the condition of Sarah and Rebekah, it is very easy to feel despair. However, God has delivered, will deliver, and will continue delivering us from that despair; our hope is fixed on God. Verse 11 really hits home for me. From moments after the wreck to this very minute, we have been lifted up in prayer by so many people. I cannot wrap my head around how many people are praying for us daily. I don't have data to back this up, but I believe that most of the people praying for us have never even met us (and we have met a lot of people). Through this, God is showing me the importance, power, and privilege of prayer. The Corinthian church was credited with helping Paul through their prayers. God bestowed favor on Paul through the prayers of the many. Because the people actively prayed for Paul, they were able to give thanks and enjoy the privilege of seeing God move through their prayers. As God uses all aspects of this current trial to demonstrate His goodness and glory, please join with us in prayer so that you may rejoice with us as God reveals what He is up to.
Updates on the girls:
Rebekah has had a couple of mostly stable days now. Some spikes in pressures, but largely uneventful days. We are thankful for the time that she has been able to rest and allow her brain time to be healing. Right now, it looks like she will be slowly coming off of some of her medicines early next week. At that point, we will begin watching for her to regain consciousness. We may still be a while out before the drugs wear off enough that she will wake up. Please continue to pray for stable vitals, no spikes in brain pressure, and continued freedom from infection.
Sarah had a good day of physical therapy, speech therapy, and eating some soft foods. She was able to sit in a chair for about an hour and this evening has been much more talkative than before. She still struggles with pain and being able to handle it, but her awareness and ability to talk with us (even when hurting) have definitely improved. We are still waiting for a bed to open on the floor we are being moved to. Sarah has a lot of jumbled thoughts and was very restless tonight before going to sleep. She cried that she is afraid she won't be able to remember things. Please join us in praying for Sarah's pain to be tolerable, for a bed to open up quickly, and for her mind to be at peace.
We are so grateful that you all have been praying for us and just ask you to receive these updates with joy, knowing that as God continues to move in our situation, you too can rejoice about what God does through your prayers.
In Christ's Love,
The Brown Family