Those of you who see the mid-week Shevet Prayer letter (click here to subscribe) already know how the Sheba doctors fought for the life of eight-month-old Shadi this week, as intercessors around the world fought alongside them.
Shadi had a difficult weekend, holding onto life with the full support of the ECMO, and many medications at high doses. It was a blessing to spend time with his beautiful mother, and to stand by her as she steadily took in all the information she received about Shadi’s declining condition.
She kissed his head and feet and hands over and over again, and she loved him, and prayed for his every minute. I think it is the instruction of Jesus to watch and wait and pray in these difficult times, when we are choosing not our own will, but His.
Friends, can we even comprehend this type of unity when a family has just suffered their greatest imaginable loss? It is a testament to the kind of woman Shadi’s mother is, and a testament to the amazing care of the Sheba and Shevet staff. And more than that I’m convinced it’s the very love of God that permeates these moments, and leaves us all forever changed. What a treasure we’ve been given.
Side by side in the hospital today was joy, as the last of the delayed transposition babies Sulaiman passed his post-ECMO, post-discharge echo with flying colors, and will soon be going home:
This comes after I wrote the interior ministry this week to say we could no longer bring children to Israel if there were not an investigation of the delays and denials. It’s possible this step was unnecessary, and that things were already starting to move in the right direction. It certainly seemed to cost us the sympathy of some otherwise supportive Israelis. “Isn’t it hurting your own work?” asked one journalist. Other friends remained silent.
But my initial doubts have settled into a conviction that a crucial battle has been won for the soul of Shevet Achim. We’re established on the bedrock biblical truth that all men are created equal, and to compromise on the value of even one life would overthrow who we are, and deny who our God is. If we would obey Jesus can we ever pass by the wounded and dying on the side of the road? My hope and prayer is that we’ve come through a time of testing and are positioned for what our Father has ahead.
I’ll leave you tonight with a relevant blog from a professor of Bible at Bar Ilan University in Israel:
And friends, our role as Gentile believers is to come alongside our Jewish brothers and say Amen! And….the story is even bigger than many imagine. The mystery of the ages, as Paul says, is not only that all Jews are created equal:
Jonathan for Shevet Achim
“Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity” (Psalm 133).