“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,
because he has come to his people and redeemed them.
He has raised up a horn of salvation for us
in the house of his servant David
(as he said through his holy prophets of long ago),
salvation from our enemies
and from the hand of all who hate us—
to show mercy to our ancestors
and to remember his holy covenant,
the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
to rescue us from the hand of our enemies,
and to enable us to serve him without fear
in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
- Luke 1:68-75
My wife came home yesterday from the hospital. He kidney function increased marginally. She is still in a function level where dialysis could be considered, temporary or permanent, but she has a “friend” in the kidney doctor who cared for her during her open-heart surgery recovery. He thinks that he can help her without dialysis.
First, for the praise of God. This doctor is going on a slight increase in kidney function, thinking that there is the possibility for more improvement. When you are waiting in your hospital room until there is a gap between surgeries to squeeze in a procedure to install a dialysis report – and suddenly the morning bloodwork shows improvement and the doctor with the proper vision sees the report and acts on it – that is God’s providence. You can argue that it is just a coincidence if you like, but I will never believe anything of the sort. God had His hand in this.
Second, as for the Scripture, even a little kidney failure or a disease or what the doctor thinks is an allergic reaction to a new medicine – all these things can be considered the “enemy” that Zechariah refers to in his song.
There will be a lot of follow-up. My wife will have twice per week bloodwork for the foreseeable future, until improvement out of stage five or a setback occurs. She will also have a biopsy this next week.
We still need a lot of prayers for healing, but this report is all in praise to God for the healing already performed.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.