Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Prayers for a friend

My dear praying friends who read this blog...and I'm pretty sure you all are....I am asking for prayers to go out like ripples in the water when a rock is thrown in. We have some family friends who have been dear to us for several years. The Burke family lives in Terre Haute and Paul met them when he started attending First Southern Baptist Church while in college. I still remember him telling me about this really sweet family who took such care of him at one of his hardest moments, when his parents were divorcing after 37 years of marriage. The Burkes reached out to him in his new church home, and truly showed him the hands, the feet, the love of Jesus to his aching heart.

The summer before he started seminary, he didn't have anywhere to live, and they even cleaned out some space in one of their rooms at home, and told him to move on in. That is who this family is. They are precious. Kim Burke (Dad) and his daughter Lindsay sang in our wedding. Paul married their son Kyle and our sweet Kim Cherry, one of our dearest BCM students. They are a wonderful family, and currently in need of prayer.

To do a quick summary, their daughter Lindsay, who is now Lindsay Goodwin, just had a baby two days ago. She named him Burke. :) It has been a tough pregnancy (this is her second child) as she started leaking amniotic fluid at 18 weeks, and was put on 12 weeks of bedrest to maintain her fluid levels and keep her body a safe, watery home for baby Burke. Can you imagine??? Three months on bedrest!! Not able to lift her little Ruby, not able to cook dinner for her family, not able to go to church to see her friends, not able to prepare her new baby's room before his arrival. It's been a tough, but teachable, three months for this family. They have rested on God's faithfulness. They have seen His goodness. They have seen how very powerful He is to sustain this baby.

Burke was born Monday, kind of unexpectedly. Lindsay went in for an ultrasound and came out with a c-section scar and a baby. They are both doing well, but Burke is in the NICU for being born at 32 weeks. He is currently needing help to breathe. Lindsay is much better at explaining all of this. I always say there are some words that are just not meant to roll off a parents tongue...big, long medical words that only enter your vocabulary when you are intimately familiarized with how they are affecting your child.

Their stay in the NICU may be one that lasts a while. They have several prayer requests. Lindsay and Mike keep a wonderful blog that explains their journey and their current situation. If you only read the last three or four blogs, it will catch you up on everything with Burke, as he is only 2 days old. Their blog is All prayers for this young family would be appreciated! To God be the glory!


nickmal said...

Galations 6:2 "Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ."

Let it be said of us as was said of Abraham, "yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God,
and being fully assured that what God had promised, He was able also to perform." Romans 4:20-21

Anonymous said...

I wish I would have seen this yesterday, but prayers are being said now. What blessings must be awaiting them!

nlamom said...

We were in the same boat when Noah was born. It is such a scarry time, filled with uncertainty. The doctors never wanted to give us false hope, and you just need any hope you can find. God brought our little miracle a long way. Noah was born just under 34 weeks, and weighed 2 lbs 7 oz. And tons of prayers went up for our little guy. God is in control, they are in my prayers!!