Tuesday, April 3, 2012

with great sadness

It is with great sadness and tears dripping onto my keyboard that I write this.  Sometime today, Matt will see the face of Jesus.  His body cannot recover from the things it has suffered.  His family has made the decision to shift his care from healing and recovery to comfort and rest.

We are truly at a loss for words.  We are devastated and heartbroken for Molly and Harper and their entire extended family.  The reality seems too bitter to believe.  We have no words.  So we will rely on the Living Word to bring us comfort:

For the word of the Lord holds true, and we can trust everything he does.  He loves whatever is just and good; the unfailing love of the Lord fills the earth. Psalm 33:4-5

Beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.  The Lord is not really slow to do what he promised, as some might think.  Rather, he is patient for your sake.  He does not want to destroy anyone but wants all people to have an opportunity to turn to him and change the way they think and act.  2 Peter 3:8-9

But now, O Jacob, listen to the Lord who created you.
O Israel, the one who formed you says,
"Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you.
I have called you by name; you are mine.
When you go through deep waters, 
I will be with you.
When you go through rivers of difficulty,
you will not drown.
When you walk through the fire of oppression,
you will not be burned up;
the flames will not consume you.
For I am the Lord, your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. Isaiah 43:1-3

I will leave you with the words from the Caring Bridge post because they are beautiful and peaceful and perfectly reflect the Nagels for the people of faith that they are.  Please keep this sweet family in your prayers.

TUESDAY, APRIL 3, 2012 11:52 AM, CDT
important update
I must admit – I’m not sure how to say all of this…
I’m not sure how to say how mighty and loving our God is… how he is wrapping his arms around us.
I’m not sure how to say that he has answered our prayers – the ones that we barely dared to utter…
Thy will be done.

We knew God would reveal himself in this ordeal.  We knew it.  We just didn’t know WHAT he would reveal about himself… his healing power?  His gracious love?  His peace that passes understanding?
He is revealing himself to be a loving father – who comforts those who mourn – who is near to those who suffer.  Who is tender with those who are broken-hearted.

Matt’s body has suffered too much.  Jesus is calling him home.  This afternoon they will shift his care in a different direction – to comfort and rest.

Pray for Harper today – she gets to see her Daddy – pray that she would not be frightened by tubes and beeps, but would see only his loving face. 
Pray for Molly – courage and strength to endure the unimaginable this day… for rest when rest comes.
Pray for Brian, Vicki and Mark (and their families).  Treasured, quiet moments with Matt.
Pray for Molly’s family – they are an invaluable support to Molly and Harper and will need strength in the days ahead.
Pray for Matt’s care-giving team today – Dr. Husmann, Dr. Porter-Williamson, Lauren, Bryan, Becca and Ashley.  We are missing some names, but the team has been great and will need strength and wisdom today.

Pray for us all to hold Matt with open hands today – hands raised in grief and thanksgiving, confusion and hope, in trust and expectancy.

We will continue to keep you updated today.  There will again be a prayer service in the Spencer Chapel at 4pm on the campus.  Please come if you need/want to, or pray from wherever you are…
Obviously there will be needs and support requested – we will let you know about those as they come up.
Thank you – for the outpouring of faith, prayer, love and service.  God revealed in the body of Christ.

1 comment:

Holly said...

So heartbroken for this family tonight. Thanks for the verses, they speak to all of us struggling with this devastating news today. Love you.