Thankfully, God's word doesn't let us stay without hope despite whatever insurance may say. And this doesn't mean that we are using whatever verses we can find to keep a positive mindset. Albeit positivity is important but definitely not more important than humbly relying on God's hope in all situations even if our wishes don't become reality. Whether crying or happy or confused I want to be all enveloped in God's words. I am reminded by one passage that reinforces the mental clarity that faith brings despite not knowing all the details which often can usher in a false sense of security.
II Timothy 1:7-10
But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:
There have been many "God moments" along this journey so far. And I hope that mom and I can have some time to get them all down on paper but I am thankful for all of your prayers that I believe have made each of those moments happen.
So where are we at now? And what did I mean by unmet expectations? Our family has discussed the many possibilities such as Dad never being able to come home again all the way to if therapy could get him to where he was before the stroke. We are reevaluating what are expectation have been and are seeking joy in the present moments without looking too far ahead. We hope to keep him with his therapy team as long as possible and see his progress over these next few months. And we continue to be encouraged not only by Dad's awesome, smirky smile. But we've also been blessed to share some a fellowship of support. And for any men interested in spending some time with Dad in the evenings like watching a football game, listening to music, or chatting a friend of his started a google doc for people to sign up. Dad does really well with a couple people but too many could get overwhelming. Thanks to friends out there who have already helped out in so many ways like getting this document together or bringing food or just letting us talk, or cry, it out. To see the schedule for men to stop by for an evening, click here.