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Message from Peter’s Dad

Our hearts are filled with gratitude to the Lord for how kind He has been to us in all of the last week’s trauma.  He is a great God and a Sovereign Lord.  I love the prayer of Nebuchadnezzar recorded in Daniel 4:35, ” . . . He does according to His will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay His hand or say to Him, ‘What have You done?'”  The God we serve is sovereign: there is no one above Him telling him how He should govern His world.  And none of us can harness His power to serve our own purposes.  He uses His power to do His will and to bring glory to His name.

And yet, at the same time, He is a kind and loving God, a Father to those who come to Him by faith in His Son Jesus.  He has dealt with the Helms family as a loving and gentle Father. His promise to His own is that He will never leave us or forsake us. As Romans tells us, “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels or rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

So our greatest comfort in this calamity has been that our son Peter is in Christ, and even during this serious wreck, he was never for a moment separated from the love of God.  And we ourselves have felt His presence and love throughout this week.

At the same time, we are praying fervently with all of you for Peter’s healing.  We know the Lord hears our prayers.  Yesterday we met for the first time with a doctor from the next floor, where Peter will go from ICU.  We talked about therapy and rehabilitation.  This is to us wonderful news in light of where we were a week ago!

We have been speaking to Peter, reading Scripture, singing hymns to him and reminding him of who he is and who we are in relation to him, in hopes of making his transition back to us easier.  We’ve been told we should play some of his favorite music to him.  Since Peter is a pianist, his grandfather suggested that we play music for him that he performed in the last couple of years — since he would be so familiar with it.  His cousins have begun to put some music on his ipod.

Each year, our church family holds a summer Scripture memory contest  for toddlers through seniors.  One year Peter memorized the entire book of James and quoted it to his church family.  We have found places in his Bible where he targeted certain chapters for memorization. Peter was faithful to hide God’s Word in his heart.  So we are putting the book of James and other passages he’s memorized on his ipod as well.  Our prayer is that God will use some of the good habits that Peter developed to help bring him back mentally, spiritually, emotionally and physically.

Please continue to pray that his fever will drop and for grace and wisdom for the next phase of recovery.  Our God is amazing.  Thank you for your prayers.  We love you.

Doug

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  1. Hannah
    August 7, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    We love you too- we’re keepingyou guys in our prayers!

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