Rejoicing in Ali’s Improvement

Ali’s mother joyfully embraced me when she heard the news that Ali was improving. The doctor was very pleased with his cardiac exam results. The echocardiogram revealed that his pericardial effusion, or the fluid around his heart, was decreasing. That meant that he could reduce his medications and is now one week closer to returning home to Kurdistan!

The doctor even admitted his joy in seeing Ali improve over the last few weeks. Ali was playfully drumming on the doctor’s desk during our discussion regarding Ali’s cardiac results. Despite Ali still dreading the cardiac examinations, there were moments where Ali joyfully smiled while playing with other children.

The healing process is slow, but we are all rejoicing in Ali’s improvement. God can mend our broken hearts and create a more beautiful heart within us. May this be true of Ali’s heart. It has been an honor to see Ali grow, not only in stature but also to see him in grow in joy. Philippians 1:9-11 (ESV) states, “And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” This is my prayer for Ali and his family.