Wednesday, March 18, 2015

I Lift My Eyes From This Fragile Life

"For men are not cast off by the Lord forever. Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love." (Lamentations 3:31-32)

We finally have a generous amount of information following Ru's surgery. We'd love to share this with you now, as we know so many of you have been praying and waiting as patiently as we have. Ru's story is one that we are all a part of and we are eager to pass her news along to those of you who have been praying, giving, hoping, encouraging.

Ru survived the surgery. This is a victory we give thanks for. She survived, is now out of the ICU and recovering well in a ward room. She has a nanny with her and will likely be in the hospital for about a week before she returns to Little Flower.

The diagnostic portion of the surgery revealed important news. Previous ultrasound testing was deceiving. These tests gave Dr. Cheng hope that Ru's bile ducts were not completely obstructed and that there was a possibility of repair in this case. Upon entering with the scope, he learned that this wasn't the case at all. All of her bile ducts were fibrotic and completely blocked off. He confirmed that she has the most common form of biliary atresia, which is not what we hoped for. He did perform the Kasai procedure following the diagnosis but they are pretty sure that it was too late to help. Only time will tell for sure.

It's pretty clear to us that a liver transplant is still her only hope. We suspect she needs one very soon, as originally thought. We are grateful for the surgery she had and I believe all involved would do it again if given the foreknowledge. Because of the surgery, we have a definitive diagnosis and a clearer picture of her prognosis. There's also still a small chance that the Kasai could help extend her life.

The fore mentioned is reality. But there is an even greater reality than this, friends. God is limitless. His mercy will not end. His miracles are real. He has already blessed Ru's future, whatever that may be. He loves her infinitely more than we do. And all things are possible with God. We are resting in these truths, not the temporal facts of this world.

We are thankful for your support. We are thankful for Ru's life and the miracles we have already witnessed. We are even thankful for the affliction she and we face, because we know glory follows. "For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." (2 Cor.4:17-18) We give thanks in and for all things because we know that "in all things God works for the good of those who love him." (Romans 8:28)

"Be joyful always, pray continually; give thanks in ALL circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." (1Thes.5:16-18)

"I will lift my eyes from this fragile life. You will rescue me. You are my Prince of Peace and I lift up my soul to you who makes things whole. Oh mercy, love of old, in you I place my hope."

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