Yesterday our visit took place at Helen Devos Children's Hospital. We met with her primary doctor, and the neurological team. They shared that while they have been doing everything they can to ease the seizures, and Detroit Children's Hospital had done everything they could, the MRI revealed images that nobody wants to see for their child. Words like fluid on the brain, atrophy, hospice all hung heavy in the room. She silently listened, never breaking her loving gaze from her 9-month old sweet one.
Many of you have been praying for months that the seizures would subside and health be restored and this remains our prayer. When this little family found themselves alone in Detroit, friends and family from JJ's House and Grace Christian Church surrounded them and welcomed them into community through prayer, meals, and visits. For this I am eternally grateful. We do not know what the future holds, but Jesus remains our hope and anchor.
So much of what we do at Grace's Table is focused on new life. We celebrate births and milestones, and we cheer on the change that is taking place in our lives. We have the incredible privilege of meeting girls right where they are and learning their stories, and let me tell you that not one life that has walked through these doors, or met me for a meal or a hug on the street has left me the same. They change you. You ache with them something awful, you cry tears that do not stop, and you love them fiercely because as mentioned before, we never know how long we will have with them. And at the end of the day we find ourselves flat on our face before Jesus because the life that has been lived is too much to carry on our own. We cry out to Him, and ask for healing and peace, for answers that may never come, and we ask Him to fill the space that has been left in the hearts of these women and children that only He can fill. We pray that in the moments, the conversations, the celebration and the grieving that they would know Him. Then we ask that He fill us again so that tomorrow we can go out and do it all over again.
Today, I ask that you will stop what you are doing and pray for this family, for miraculous healing, restoration, wisdom, and a network of people right here in Grand Rapids, Michigan to hold this family close. It is with deep and sincere gratitude that I thank you all, near and far, for keeping us in your prayers.