Just over one year ago I first met Gabi at Shevet Achim’s Jaffa base. He was almost one year old and a sweet, curly-haired and plump child. He was born to Christian parents and last year many of the volunteers witnessed the devotion and patience of his dear mother during their very long time in Israel waiting for the fluid in his lungs to lessen. Many prayers were prayed over this precious child and, praise God, he became well enough to return home.
Within the last few weeks the Shevet community heard that Gabi wasn’t doing so well and was returning to Israel for a possible second surgery. When I saw a current photo of Gabi it was difficult to recognise him not only because almost a year had passed since I had seen him but mostly because his face was so swollen that his unique facial features, that make him Gabi, were hidden.
Gabi arrived in Israel with his father this time as his mother is very close to giving birth to their second child. This morning our long-term co-worker, Georgia, and I visited Gabi in Sheba. We arrived armed with a Bible for Gabi’s father and a desire to find out what we could about Gabi’s current condition. We found Gabi in the secondary ICU in obvious distress. He is on restricted fluids and diet and is hungry and thirsty. He greedily took a small amount of water from his father and was upset he couldn’t have more. He didn’t want to be touched and spent most of the time we were there struggling to breathe, despite oxygen being administered through nasal tubes, and moaning, crying or screaming. The only time he quietened a little was when we prayed for him aloud in the name of Yeshua.
In short, friends, Gabi is in a huge struggle for his life. It is not a cardiac issue but an unknown issue with his lungs. It seems that he is literally drowning in his own secretions. The medical team are not sure that further surgery will help in any way. He will be reviewed on Thursday after the holidays. So, Gabi needs the prayers of the saints to uphold him, to cry out to our great God, to go into spiritual battle in our war rooms, to form together as an army against the enemy who wishes to steal, kill and destroy what is precious to our creator – the lives of His children, and specifically at this time the life of Gabi.
This morning our Jaffa community began studying the amazing book of Hebrews. Chapter One begins with talking about God’s Word through His Son and then describing the greatness of God’s Son. God describes His Son as, “…the one through whom God created the universe, the one whom God has chosen to possess all things at the end. He reflects the brightness of God’s glory and is the exact likeness of God’s own being, sustaining the universe with his powerful word. After achieving forgiveness for the sins of mankind, he sat down in heaven at the right-hand side of God the Supreme Power “ (vs 2-3). Who is this Son that God calls him God and Lord? About the Son God said, “…Your kingdom, O God, will last for ever and ever!…” (vs 8). He also said, “…Sit here on my right until I put your enemies as a footstool under your feet” (vs 13). The Son is the one who was not only there when the universe and Gabi and each of us were created but also the one who bore the sins of us all, and whose name we can call upon to go into battle for life. What power is in that name of Yeshua.
This time of Rosh Hashana, Jewish New Year, is the traditional anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, and the inauguration of humanity’s role in God’s world. The biblical name for this holiday is Yom Teruah, literally “day of shouting and blasting”. Let us not only take time out for personal reflection but also shout to the Lord as we stand in the gap for Gabi.