Harim is such an intelligent, artistic, and light-hearted boy! He loves to laugh, yet even when he smiles there is a depth of tenderness and sincerity in his eyes that is so beautiful. Yesterday he, Yousif and I were sitting outside painting, talking, and laughing. During this time I had a CD of Kurdish worship songs playing in the background. As we worked and listened, I noticed Harim got a serious look in his eyes and he mentioned how concerned he was for Aresh, who was in surgery that very moment. I agreed that it was a serious thing, but reminded him of the words to the song we were listening to at this point, a song which he loves and even knows most of the words to by now. It's a song that talks about the awesomeness of God, and as I recited these lyrics to him I saw him begin to smile:
"You are awesome, awesome, awesome, O God;
Awesome in your love,
Awesome in your faithfulness,
Awesome in your deliverance,
And awesome in your healing."
I reminded him that God is awesome in his healing, even for the heart! And that this song was for Aresh. He smiled and said, "Yes!" with a look of happiness and relief on his face. Later that day the hospital called and said to bring Harim in early this morning, most likely for surgery this afternoon. He and his mother were thrilled to hear this news, and with thankful eyes they exclaimed, "Spas bo Xua!" (which means, "thanks for God!") That very minute Harim looked at me and asked if I would pray for him while he was in surgery, and I promised him I would.
This morning he left bright and early for the hospital with some of the other staff, but before he left we gathered in the courtyard and prayed. We thanked God for Harim, for bringing him here for surgery, and for promising to take care of him. We prayed that Harim would not be afraid, but instead he would know how great is God's love for him! And also that during the surgery Jesus would come to him in a dream, and he would know He's right there beside him.
He and his mother walked out the door with thankful faces and a hopeful excitement in their eyes. I pray that Harim would remember the words to that song! That he would find joy in the love of the Messiah, the only one who gives life and healing.