I’m posting this at the precise minute of Peter’s accident 4 weeks ago.
Those present will probably remember it as the longest day of their lives. Sometime during the day… afternoon(?)… Jennifer Reynolds purchased a spiral notebook which could serve as a journal and record of Peter’s accident and recovery. We invited all visitors to write something themselves… either to Peter or his parents or perhaps a prayer.
As we celebrate Peter’s amazing recovery over these past 4 weeks, I thought it would be appropriate to share some selections from the notebook.
Here’s page 1.
And here is a later page. People have written in Chinese and English and many draw pictures.
“Peter, this will change you. This has changed us. It does not change our God’s love and redemption of the The Terrible…”
“We thank you for your help in leading the bible study…”
“God will help you to pass this mission… Don’t give up…”
“With all this positive loving energy I am so happy I’m able to be here with you.”
“I beseech You, O Lord God of Heaven, the great and awesome God, who preserves the covenant and lovingkindness for those who love Him and keep his commandments, let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer of Your servant which I am praying before You now, day and night, on behalf of Peter…”
“You talked! You said, ‘thanks’…”
“Peter, you are the most popular patient in the hospital…”
“Perhaps you’re with God and visiting heaven during this time. Hey! Do remember what God tells you as you could share with us.”
“Peter, we still have a couple of movies to watch together.”
“Peter, I just came from Bethany school. Everyone there seemed to know about your situation and had been praying.”
“Dear Brother Peter, Maybe I didn’t know you before, but as we are all family of God…”
“The ICU nurses said you were singing to them last night.”
“Your mom and Jen stayed with you the first night out of the ICU.”
“I told Rick and Claudia that you’ll teach me how to dance. So I’ll wait for it.”
“I’m so pleased to witness God’s healing power on you.”
“Peter: You are talking a lot.”
“You look great today.”
“… told Peter in a very special way that at no point during any of his care was he ever anything but respectful, kind, and loving. He never embarrassed our Lord, his parents, his family, or himself.”
“Peter has studied the Bible for the past 5 nights like a man drinking water after being thirsty. He was up until 1AM reading/studying.”
“Peter, I am honored to have met you. I lost my sister to a car accident 1.5 years ago. God is gracious in all ways. We must always honor God with the time we have.”
“Peter, I know you know this but God has big plans for you.”
“We came to see you and were surprised to find an empty room! So glad you were able to be out for a while!”
“You are back to your old self…”
“… we can ride bikes together soon.”
“Peter’s back ministering!”
Claudia to the ER doctor that received Peter: “Thank you for saving my son’s life.” The doctor’s reply was, “It was God not me.”
“The ICU nurses were thrilled to see how well Pete was doing. They brought him into the ICU and showed him his bed and what took place here.”
Back in the mid and late 1990’s, I watched my father-in-law put up a fierce fight against cancer. During the most difficult times of that battle, he would choose a verse or a passage of scripture to focus on and meditate on and draw strength from. One of those verses was Psalm 77:14. From the time of Peter’s accident until now, God has led me to Psalm 77 over and over again… to drink and drink from the living water of His Word.
If I had to pick 3 words to describe God’s grace to humanity, I might choose the words of Psalm 30:11…
“mourning into dancing…”
But if I could choose an entire Psalm to expound on those 3 words, I think it would be Psalm 77.
1 I cry out to God without holding back. Oh, that God would listen to me!
2 When I was in deep trouble, I searched for the Lord. All night long I pray, with hands lifted toward heaven, pleading. There can be no joy for me until he acts.
3 I think of God, and I moan, overwhelmed with longing for his help.
4 You don't let me sleep. I am too distressed even to pray!
5 I think of the good old days, long since ended,
6 when my nights were filled with joyful songs. I search my soul and think about the difference now.
7 Has the Lord rejected me forever? Will he never again show me favor?
8 Is his unfailing love gone forever? Have his promises permanently failed?
9 Has God forgotten to be kind? Has he slammed the door on his compassion?
10 And I said, "This is my fate, that the blessings of the Most High have changed to hatred."
11 I recall all you have done, O LORD; I remember your wonderful deeds of long ago.
12 They are constantly in my thoughts. I cannot stop thinking about them.
13 O God, your ways are holy. Is there any god as mighty as you?
14 You are the God of miracles and wonders! You demonstrate your awesome power among the nations.
15 You have redeemed your people by your strength, the descendants of Jacob and of Joseph by your might.
16 When the Red Sea saw you, O God, its waters looked and trembled! The sea quaked to its very depths.
17 The clouds poured down their rain; the thunder rolled and crackled in the sky. Your arrows of lightning flashed.
18 Your thunder roared from the whirlwind; the lightning lit up the world! The earth trembled and shook.
19 Your road led through the sea, your pathway through the mighty waters – a pathway no one knew was there!
20 You led your people along that road like a flock of sheep, with Moses and Aaron as their shepherds.
(New Living Translation)