“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
This morning, in our daily meeting, we sang the words:
Lay your burden down upon himJesus my rest in peaceMy reconcilerYou’re my every good thingI surrender allAll I’m living for
Shifaa and her mother are both exhausted. It was tiring to travel from Kurdistan to Israel. On the first plane ride, there was a moment where Shifaa was crying and too tired to fight against the supplemental oxygen being administered to her as her oxygen saturations dropped low with the altitude change. Shifaa laid in her mothers arms, tired beyond exhaustion. Her mother was also softly crying, and already missing her family.
Just one day after arriving to Israel, Shifaa was admitted for a diagnostic catheterization. Then as she was transferred from catheterization lab to the cardiac unit, her oxygen dropped dangerously low. It has been a holistically exhausting time for Shifaa’s mother, who also just found out that she is pregnant.
Shifaa and her mother were both sleeping even though it was after noon, and I did not want to wake them up. Thankfully Shifaa has stabilized a little more, and has been able to maintain her oxygen saturations with less oxygen. The plan for her is to have a Glenn surgery, and the date is still to be decided.
My hope is for Shifaa and her family to find comfort in the everlasting Lord who does not faint or grow weary, and whose understanding is unsearchable. May they derive strength from him, and to surrender all to him. For God will give them rest.