Sonidos Serranos

Sonidos Serranos: Sounds of the Sierras...
Reflecting some of my family's interests: God's wonderful creation (especially mountains and hills!), music, and language...

Psalm 121:1-2 (NASB)

I will lift up my eyes to the mountains;
From where shall my help come?
My help comes from the LORD,
Who made heaven and earth.

04 April 2011

April 3: More on Jonatán

The hospice nurse gave us a good report when she checked on Jona this afternoon. He had seemed extra tired today, often drifting off to sleep, but she said that the oxygen-saturation level in his blood was 97% – an A+ medically! Such a report is obviously encouraging to us. On the other hand, he has not eaten much today; swallowing is becoming increasingly difficult – due in part to the tumor that has been pressing on his trachea and undoubtedly now on the esophagus, too.

We continue to pray for the miracle of healing. Some may wonder if we are realistic in doing so. My answer is: Yes! We are not praying in a new way; Esteban has insisted from the very beginning that praying for healing from this type of cancer would be asking for a miracle. We are confident that praying in this way is realistic because Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He healed lepers! As our perfect and loving Father, He expects us to come boldly to Him, asking for the desires of our hearts. So, we honor Him – asking with confidence.

At the same time, we recognize that our good and loving Lord does not always grant healing. Even when He walked this earth, He did not heal every leper. So, with confidence in His goodness and power, we stand ready to receive whatever He chooses as absolute best. Jona and his family have always asked us to pray for what would most glorify the Lord, so we rest in Him – confident that He will cause all things to work together for good and do what will most glorify His Name.

Please continue to pray with us...
(I'm including our original list of prayer requests from August of 2009):
  • For Christ to be exalted through this trial and our responses (Ephesians 3:14-21; Romans 8:26-39).
  • For others to come to know Christ as personal Savior (Romans 10:9-13).
  • For complete healing for Jonatán (2 Thessalonians 1:11-12; Matthew 7:7-11).
  • For grace, strength, and wisdom for Jonatán and his immediate family – his father, mother, and 11-year-old brother, Marcos – and for comfort and grace for extended family, especially those in Uruguay (Psalm 84:11-12).
Thank-you for praying!

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

My name is Mandie and I'm not familiar with the family, but I heard about it. I just wanted to stop in and say 'Amen'! God is bigger than cancer! I'll pray for His will to be done in all of this.

DJ said...

Praying fervently, believing that our God is able to do abundantly beyond all we could ever think or ask!

Ellen said...

Will keep praying! Thanks for keeping us updated.

Maribel said...

Praying with you all. God is able. How encouraging! Every day we live is a gift from God. We have been reminded of this truth lately. God bless you.

Donna said...

God can do what seems impossible! Grace and peace!

Anonymous said...

We are praying a similar prayer of healing for my sister, but in the process I've come to realize that what I see as healing on earth is only a temporary reprieve, and it may be that for my sister and for Jona the healing will be complete and eternal. If so, may the Lord be glorified in that. You all are in my prayers today.

Kim said...

Thank you for this reminder to place confidence in God rather than the appearance of our circumstances. Your updates continue to be a blessing.

ghortta said...

Jonatan: Estas en nuetras continuas oraciones.Gracias por tu testimonio y por permitir reflejar el gran amor de Dios para con nosotros sus hijos.Gracias por glorificar su nombre.Gracias por ser un ejemplo real de como es una persona llena del Espiritu Santo. Dios te siga bendiciendo y a nosotros a traves de ti.

Carol said...

Jona was such a blessing to have in late stay as it is to have Marcos there now. Both boys have been a tremendous encouragement to me with their cheerful spirits. I am praying for all of you and I know that God will do a great work through your family.

Gary & Nori said...

Our prayers of healing, grace and comfort are with you throughout each day. Thank you for your updates. Jona is such a blessing and testimony to us all.

Anonymous said...

As I pray for Jona, I am reminded of the great power and love of our Lord Jesus.

"...all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together." Col 1:16b-17