Pieces of Me

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Dealing with Trauma

You never think that your life will be affect by trauma.  You see it happen around you.  You pray for those involved, but you never think that one day, you will be the one asking for prayers.  You never think that you could watch one of the most amazing people in your life lay in the ICU fighting for his life.  You never think.  Until it happens.
My sweet father-in-law was in a serious motorcycle accident last Saturday.  Hard to believe a week has gone by and in a moment, our lives have changed dramatically for the time being.  He sustained some serious injuries, including a contusion.  The contusion is causing some major confusion.  His short term memory is pretty much nonexistent.  And although it’s hard to see him in this condition, the progress he’s made since Saturday has been amazing.
Ernie has been moved to Texas NeuroRehab Center.  He has been approved for 1 week of therapy, although the doctors seem to think that once he’s reevaluated at week’s end, he’ll be able to stay an additional week.  He is recognizing faces, remembering specifics about people.  When we went to see him on Tuesday, he asked for me specifically, addressed my children by name, and had a short conversation with Stephen. 
I’ve heard this is happening with all who have visited.  And it’s good.  Cayden is just happy to see Grandpa.  Hannah, on the other hand, would rather not be there.  That or she really just misses the Grandpa she saw on Saturday before the accident. 
But I have faith in our god, Jehovah-Rophe – the great healer.  I know that He will continue to place his healing hands on Ernie and we will see continued progress to his condition. 
Lord God, Jehovah-Rophe, I pray for your healing touch on Ernie.  Make every part of his body function in the way you designed it to.  Wherever there is anything out of balance, set it in perfect working order.  Heal him of his injuries.  Strengthen his body to successfully endure this workload of rebuilding, and when he sleeps, may he wake up completely rested, rejuvenated, and refreshed.  Give him a strong heart that doesn’t fail. 
I pray You will sustain him and heal him.  Fill him with your joy to give him strength.  Specifically, I pray for his brain injury, and broken bones.  Give him the faith to say, “ ‘O LORD my God, I cried out to You, and You healed me’ [Psalm 30:2].  Thank You, Lord, that You are my Healer.”
Lord, You alone know the depth of the burden Ernie carries. We may understand the specifics, but You have measured the weight of it on his shoulders.  We've not come to minimize what You are doing in his life, for we know You work great things in the midst of trials.  Nor are we trying to protect him from what he must face.  We only want to support him so that he will get through this battle as the winner.
God, You are our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1).  You have invited us to “come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).  I come before Your throne and ask grace for Ernie.  Strengthen his heart for this battle and give him patience to wait on You (Psalm 27:1-4).  Build him up so that no matter what happens he will be able to stand strong through it.  Help us to always be “rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer” (Romans 12:12).  Give him endurance to run the race and not give up, for You have said that “a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again” (Proverbs 24:16).  Help him to remember that “the steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, and He delights in his way.  Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the LORD upholds him with His hand” (Psalm 37:23, 24).
I pray that we will look to You to be our “refuge until these calamities have passed by” (Psalm 57:1).  May we learn to wait on You because “those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31).  I pray that Ernie will find his strength in You and as he cries out to You, You will hear him and save him out of all his troubles (Psalm 34:6).

(Prayers by Stormie OMartian)


Traci said...

Grateful his healing is continuing! I know it's been a trying week for your family!

As far as not thinking it can happen to you . . . I'm almost the opposite end of the spectrum. Not as far as to live my life in fear or be paranoid, but well-aware of what can happen . . . and just so grateful for each and every day!