Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Wednesday Prayer Meetin'

"Arise, cry out in the night: in the beginning of the watches, pour out thine heart like water before the face of the Lord: Lift up thy hands toward Him for the life of thy young children..."
Lamentations 2:19 KJV
May I introduce you to someone?

This is the little man that Darling Daughter and I have been sneaking sugar from every Tuesday and Friday night for the past seven months. This is the fellow who stole our hearts with his long lashes and twinkling brown eyes. This is the sweetest brown-eyed baby boy in South Carolina.

Meet Landen.

I dare you to look at that face and try not to fall in love!

Landen needs our prayers this week. He's facing an uncertain future right now. If you've read here before, you may remember that Landen's stomach doesn't work properly. Or, well, it doesn't work at all, actually. Landen has already been through more tests and procedures than most of us will ever have to go through as his doctors have tried to determine the best way to help him. He's had a feeding tube for about 3-4 months now, that goes through his nose and down past his stomach. This is the only way he can get nourishment. The next was going to be a type of surgery involving wrapping muscle around Landen's non-functioning stomach...I'm not exactly sure of the details. But this was supposed to be the best way to help.
Yesterday Landen's mommy called me. Landen's surgeon has spent the last week or so on the phone with 27 of the best specialists in the country, consulting with them on the best way to proceed with Landen's care. Unfortunately, they've concluded that there aren't any good options. The surgery is extremely risky and there's a 50% chance that sweet Landen won't make it through. If he does, there is that same chance that it won't work. On the other hand, if they do nothing, no one knows how much longer they will have Landen. A permanent feeding tube is not an option because his stomach and intestines aren't formed in a way that they could place it and it would work.
Understandably, Landen's family is distraught. They are facing some decisions that no parent should have to make. They are Christians and they do have strong faith, and they are leaning on God. But it's really hard to see how God is working when your baby is so sick. It's difficult to comprehend that a hospital that can heal cancer patients, help the very sickest children and place new organs in tiny bodies cannot help this little boy! It's impossible not to question "why"?
Landen's parents are praying for guidance and I promised that I would pass along the request to anyone I know...please, please pray for Landen and his family. Pray for his healing, pray for his doctors to find a way to help him, pray for his parents to feel God's comfort and to find peace whatever their decision.
If you have a blog and would consider asking your readers to pray for Landen, please do so.

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