We celebrated Delia’s birthday one day in advance. She was up and about and all smiles when she saw our group arrive. She always looked forward to visits. This was at PGH Ward 434.
The Lord’s healing power is indeed amazing. Just a few weeks ago she was fighting for life having suffered hemorrhagic stroke due to a brain aneurysm. She was on respirator in ICU for about three weeks with bleeding in her brain, semi-comatose and 50-50. But the church incessantly prayed for her recovery.
The Lord was pleased to grant gradual healing and recovery to Delia so that by the day she slowly gained strength and progressed well with her mental faculties. She soon was transferred to a regular room.
A week ago the aneurysms were clipped thus lessening the risk of a repeat. A few days ago she was given discharge orders. When it was time for us to leave last night she even walked us to the door desiring to go home with us. But we said it was not yet time.
I thank the Lord for Delia and Nina and her loved ones who kept close to her during these many weeks, enduring the difficulties of living in a hospital and yet standing by to help.
I also thank the Lord for the opportunity to pray publicly for the five other patients in the ward and to go bed by bed to speak to patient and watcher personally in order to share the gospel of God’s grace with them. I prayed the Lord would have mercy and heal. But I told them that soul healing was much more important. I pointed all to Christ for salvation.
Though there was rejoicing for God’s goodness to Delia, my spirit was heavy that she was the only one leaving the hospital fairly well. All of her wardmates had cancer–from seniors down to a young 26-year old lady. I doubt whether some of them would be able to leave the hospital alive. But I pray for God’s mercy.
Please pray for Delia’s fuller recovery and for God to provide for financial needs. Please pray too that the seeds that were sown in every one in the ward would bear fruit. I was happy for the opportunity to speak to every soul (except one) in Ward 434 and was thankful that none resisted the sharing of Scripture but everyone appreciated our witness and prayer.
To God be the glory!