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June 2, 2006 at 12:36 am 6 comments

Just a quick note to let everyone know that Mike's surgery is scheduled for Friday at 1:00 pm.  Pray for a smooth procedure and a fast surgery-recovery, so that Mike can return to Marionjoy's rehabilitation program as soon as possible. 

As I was typing those words, I remembered that it was the fluid problem (which this surgery should resolve) that first extended Mike's stay in the ICU, and which, in turn, allowed some additional time for Mike to become eligible for Marionjoy.  Even in the midst of the frustration which attended Mike's return to the ICU, I am sure that many of us suspected that God had used the problem for Mike's benefit.  Truly, "in all things God works for the good of those who love Him." 

I think that I have often misunderstood the call to be thankful in all situations as simply having value in being the "higher" or "nobler" or more faithful response to adversity.  Thankfulness may indeed be all those things, but we should be thankful in the face of adversity for another reason, perhaps more obvious:  that some bit of adversity may really have been just what the "Doctor" ordered.  (It would certainly seem so in this case.) 

As always, thanks for checking in on Mike.

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  • 1. Sarah Naffziger  |  June 2, 2006 at 9:41 am

    Hi Michelle,
    I have listened to this song by Lincoln Brewster a lot lately & it has constantly been my prayer for Mike. Our Heavenly Father shaped Mike’s heart long before his birth & He has ordained every single minute of every single day of Mike’s life. Every thought He has towards Mike is holy & good, full of love & grace! I believe this especially going into this surgery today. Let us all worship The One that has brought Mike this far!
    We love yall, Sarah (& Chad)

    YOU ARE THE ONE
    You’re the One who made the heavens
    You’re the One who shaped the earth
    You’re the One who form’d my heart
    Long before my birth
    I believe You’ll always lead me
    All my days have been ordain’d
    All Your thoughts toward me are holy
    Full of love and grace

    (chorus)
    You are the One You are holy
    You are the One You are worthy
    You are the One You are the One
    Everlasting

    You are the One
    Jesus You’re the One
    You are the One I will worship
    You are the One I will serve all my days
    You are the One
    You are the One
    Everlasting
    You are the One
    Jesus You’re the One

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  • 2. susan anderson  |  June 2, 2006 at 11:52 am

    Dear Michelle & Mike,

    It is a privilege to pray for Mike and his family even though I have never met any of you. We know that God hears the prayers of each of us.

    The comment ALL IS GRACE touched me and I have a sign with that on the frig at home. Each time I see the note card I am reminded to pray for Mike.

    Today’s thought that we are to “Give thanks for everything” touched me also as I have recently been praying about that very thing. Even in the most difficult situations there is reason to give thanks — you seem to have learned this — I am working on it.

    Love in Christ Jesus, Susan

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  • 3. Tracy Jager  |  June 2, 2006 at 12:02 pm

    Hi Michelle,
    Nothing profound
    Always thinking and praying for you all
    I miss Mike terribly around the YL office, there’s a hole in the place that only his personality fills
    You are not forgotten
    You are loved
    Tracy

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  • 4. Jenelle Landgraf  |  June 2, 2006 at 12:42 pm

    Mike, Michelle, and Family,

    Thinking and praying for you often.

    In Christ,

    Jenelle

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  • 5. Mike Heenan  |  June 2, 2006 at 2:06 pm

    Mike, keep fighting! You’re obiviously very strong and so are the many people praying for you. Get well soon!

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  • 6. Todd Shaffer  |  June 6, 2006 at 11:00 am

    Being thankful is of utmost important in our trying times. I always stand by and believe that God will bless us and watch over us with every obstacle but we need to be thankful in all ways not only for the obstacle to make us stronger in our belief but also that he has guided us to make the right and chosen way. Be thankful for everyday.

    COLOSSIANS 3:15
    15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also
    you were called in one body; and be thankful.

    As always we are praying every day for you and Michael…TS

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