Thursday, November 6, 2008

Abe.

If you've followed this blog for any amount of time, you know I just recently got my hair cut, and that we've also welcomed home a nephew from Ethiopia. Abe.

We've had ringside seats through his journey home and, as is so often with the Lord, it has been a miraculous gift and a trial in patience all at once.

This week, we've had some news about Abe that has broken our hearts. It is believed that he had several strokes in utero that resulted in injury to his little brain. What exactly that means is still a little uncertain and may be for some time as the brain is seriously tricky territory.

The Lord moved mountains to bring Abe home to the Alexanders and in that we rest and pray for His mercies that are new every morning. He hand-picked the perfect parents for this little booger and will equip them in every way possible. May He also give the rest of our family and this community an added measure of wisdom, grace, and compassion. May we refuse to sit ringside but, instead, we will be humble instruments the Lord will use to write the beautiful story that will be Abe's life.

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11 comments:

Christy@pipandsqueak said...

My best friend has a daughter who is 22 months. At 14 months they discovered that she had one stroke in utero. She is still not walking but has made a lot of progress since her diagnosis. She has ECI (early childhood intervention) come once a week and that has really helped. I know every case is different depending on how many strokes and at what point they occurred, but her prognosis is that she should learn to do everything, just at a slower pace. I will pray for Abe.

Jennifer said...

Oh, sweet Abe. I'm praying for his health, his healing, and his family. God has given him such an amazing story...I'm sure he's going to grow up to be an amazing young man.

Holli said...

Praying for Abe, the family and for the friends and extended family to know how to help at this time.
Love to you all!

Hauswife said...

Precious boy. Yes, we're praying for him daily, as well as his whole family through this confusing and scary time. God's in the miracle business, so we're praying in faith for complete healing! To God be the glory.

Jess said...

Abe has been tremendously blessed by you all being his family. I hurt for you while looking forward to what God has in store as he continues to redeem Abe's story.

Thank you for sharing with us.

emily said...

Abe loves his aunt Melissa

S. said...

God's plan is perfect. I know how hard it is to let go of what you had envisioned for your nephew--but I can promise that what God has in store for Abe and his entire family is more beautiful than we can begin to imagine! I am so thankful you have a friend with the personal experience to support you through this new challenge. Abe is a miracle and I look forward to watching everything he has to teach the rest of us!

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

Praying for the parents as they love Abe with God-inspired love and strength. May He put His courage into them.

jnors said...

We are praying for the little man. ECI is a blessing of great magnitude for children and their families. The support is amazing to everyone involved.

Krista said...

i've been lurking on this blog and following Abe's story from a distance... there is a God-designed reason for him being part of your family, a plan which is only starting to unfold. i am praying for little Abe.

Kate said...

Oh, friend...difficult to hear that news, hard for all of you. I pray that God's love and comfort are so very real to them and that He will continue to give them grace to walk on, loving that sweet sweet boy and wisdom for the decisions ahead. Love and prayers!