At times it’s difficult to watch Ryan just lying there immobile and non-responsive. It saddens me to think of what he’s missing out on…his senior year, his prom, Lacrosse, dates, playing music, singing, and pretty much everything that “healthy” teenage boys get to do; things I was able to do when I was a teenager (Yeah yeah, I know. Many many years ago. Save the sarcastic remarks.). It’s in these times, however, I must remind myself that God’s master plan is unfolding, and like it or not, Ryan’s condition is a BIG part of that plan. Remembering this quickly turns my sadness to joy, because I know that Ryan’s life, although still in it’s youth and in this state, is making a much bigger impact for the Kingdom of God than I have in my fifty-plus years (Yes, I know. Once again, enough with the “old” jokes). All praise and glory belongs to you Lord…
Lord, As you have used Ryan, please use me in a much more significant way to help further your Kingdom, and please continue to show me all of the good things that are happening as a result of his condition. Your ways, O Lord, are perfect. Give me the strength to hold on when I am weak, and if I can’t hold on to you, please hold on to me. Amen.
Ephesians 3:14-21 For this reason I kneel before the Father,from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name.I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Now to him who is ableto do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.