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Urgent Prayer Request for My Young Cousin, Severe Head Injury - Update at #2982
My family | Thursday January 25, 2007 | GretchenM

Posted on 01/25/2007 9:37:13 AM PST by GretchenM

Edited on 02/14/2007 3:30:51 PM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

My aunt and uncle sent this out to our family at 6:30 AM today. Carrie is my young cousin, a very gifted artist, and the second eldest among her siblings. She and her family are in Michigan.

Prayer reqeust from my aunt and uncle (Carrie is their granddaughter).

This morning on her way to work Carrie's car slid on the highway and into a tree. She has very bad injuries, especially to her head. Her brain is swelling and she is now in surgery. They plan to open her skull to allow for the swelling, and she is not responding.

They don't give her parents a lot of hope. We are telling everyone so you can join us in praying for our dear Caroline. They called her parents about 7:45 this morning and they're at the hospital now.



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To: GretchenM

Thank-You Gretchen for this update. Praying for wisdom, guidance & direction for the Drs. for this surgery. Also, praying for peace, comfort & strength for Carrie and her family, for all to go well during the surgery and complete healing for Carrie.


2,401 posted on 05/06/2007 10:07:34 PM PDT by Wandaroos
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To: snugs; silent_jonny; onyx; JulieRNR21; Just A Nobody; DrDeb; SnarlinCubBear; Miss Marple; ...

Update May 7

From Carrie's sister and brother-in-law

She can now open both eyes (still not really able to make a connection though) and hold her head up when her bed is in the upright 90 degree position. She is learning how to eat thru her mouth a little at a time – rather than thru her feeding tube in her stomach. This teaches Carrie how to swallow again which will also help keep saliva from building up in her mouth.

Thanks for your care and concern during this process.

Love, L and C

From my uncle and aunt

We went in to see Carrie and ended up playing our instruments for her. This is "down home" music. The nurse on duty liked it, as did M, D, and their guests.

Carrie will have her surgery tomorrow to replace her skull piece. We don't know the time yet.

There is a new nurse today. M likes her already. She talks to Carrie and brought books to read to her. This sounds like what M wants going on.

Carrie is getting more regular foods now. M cooked spinach, squash, macaroni, sweet potatoes, tofu, broccoli sprouts, etc., etc., etc. She than pureed it in her blender, strained it into a big bowl and that made enough for 6 days of meals. The nurse adds water and feeds her through the stomach tube. Yesterday M found some liquid minerals and vitamins for Carrie too. Carrie is tolerating the new vegetables--and fruit juices well.

[Please forgive =) my passing on this information about two more of my cousins, L and W, who are close to Carrie's age. They are sons of Carrie's mother's sister and her husband.] L graduated Magna Cum Laude with Honors in [his first major], and Honors in [his second major]. He received a full scholarship for his graduate study, which will start in the fall. His brother, W [I think this might be for post-grad work], won the award for [a class in his major] -- voted top student by the teachers of the class. We're proud of these two young men.

We Love You, and hope you have a good week.


2,402 posted on 05/07/2007 11:03:16 AM PDT by GretchenM (What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? Please meet my friend, Jesus)
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To: GretchenM

This is terrific news. Carrie’s still in my prayers.


2,403 posted on 05/07/2007 11:10:07 AM PDT by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: GretchenM

Prayers sent


2,404 posted on 05/07/2007 11:12:07 AM PDT by Hydroshock (Duncan Hunter For President, checkout gohunter08.com.)
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To: GretchenM

Good news, Gretchen...and I will say some extra special prayers tomorrow for Carrie’s surgery.

I pray that soon, those open eyes WILL connect with her family...

God please continue to bless them all...

sleuth


2,405 posted on 05/07/2007 11:14:15 AM PDT by Txsleuth
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To: GretchenM
Prayers up for continued good news.

Notre père, qui êtes aux cieux!
Que votre nom soit sanctificié. Que votre règne vienne.
Que votre volonté soit faite, sur la terre comme au ciel.
Donnez-nous aujourd'hui notre poindre ce jour.
Pardonnez-nous nos offenses, comme nous pardonnons aussi a ceux, qui nous ont offensés,
et ne nous soumetez pas à la tentation, mais délivrez-nous du mal.
Car c'est à toi qu'appartiènne, le régne, la puissance et la gloire, pour les siècles des siècles.
Amen.

Je vous salue, Marie, pleine de grâces,
le Seigneur est avec vous, vous êtes bénie entre toutes les femmes,
et Jésus le fruit de vos entrailles est béni.
Sainte Marie, Mère de Dieu, priez pour nous pauvres pécheurs,
maintenant, et à l'heure de notre mort. Ainsi-soit-il.

Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)

LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)

2,406 posted on 05/07/2007 11:15:29 AM PDT by LonePalm (Commander and Chef)
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To: GretchenM

This is nice to hear Gretchen. She’s eating veggies and opening both eyes. This is wonderful.
Thanks for keeping us current with Carrie.

May the Father continue to bless her and your family.

Love,
Kristin


2,407 posted on 05/07/2007 11:42:16 AM PDT by MeekMom (Present your bodies a living sacrifice unto God.)
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To: GretchenM
Great news, sorry I haven't posted in a while, this has been a long hard semester for me (15 hours!!!), but you and Carrie have remained in my thoughts and prayers. The mind is very powerful and completely misunderstood. People completely return from these things all the time.

Something you may want to pass on, contact sports medicine doctors, especially ones who treat boxers. I read how the military is seeking them out to help treat the guys with head injuries from the IED's.

2,408 posted on 05/07/2007 11:52:56 AM PDT by txroadkill ( http://iraqstar.org)
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To: GretchenM

What a positive update. The fact that she is opening up her eyes, speaks volumes to me!! The veggies sound good for her and probably taste good to her too, even if through the stomach.
Congratulations to your special cousins! WHat wonderful honors these fine young men have recieved. You must be proud.
Polly


2,409 posted on 05/07/2007 12:15:32 PM PDT by pollywog (Joshua 1:9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid,)
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To: GretchenM

((( GEM ))) Your devotion to Carrie sweetens my heart and so does her progress. Continued prayers and thanks for the update.


2,410 posted on 05/07/2007 12:38:06 PM PDT by onyx (DEFEAT Hillary Clinton, Marxist, student of Saul Alinsky & ally and beneficiary of Soros.)
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To: GretchenM
Carrie will have her surgery tomorrow to replace her skull piece. We don't know the time yet.

I'll be sure to say extra prayers...
2,411 posted on 05/07/2007 12:56:27 PM PDT by firewalk
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To: GretchenM

Wow !!!! Sounds like all good news and I’m sure brings comfort to Carrie’s family. We’ll be focusing our prayers on her tomorrow, as we do each and every day.

Congratulations to Carrie’s cousins, too. Those are major achievements to be acknowledged and lauded by one and all. Somehow, tho, I am not surprised. This seems an exceptionally gifted family in every sense. The ultimate gift, of course, will be Carrie’s full and complete healing.


2,412 posted on 05/07/2007 12:58:22 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: GretchenM

Lord Bless and Heal this loved one...


2,413 posted on 05/07/2007 12:59:07 PM PDT by bedolido (I can forgive you for killing my sons, but I cannot forgive you for forcing me to kill your sons)
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To: GretchenM

Prayers continue.


2,414 posted on 05/07/2007 1:19:48 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (Taz Struck By Lightning Faces Battery Charge)
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To: GretchenM

one Grace-filled at a time!

Prayers up!


2,415 posted on 05/07/2007 1:27:08 PM PDT by alpha-8-25-02 ("SAVED BY GRACE AND GRACE ALONE")
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To: GretchenM

This is great news, continuing to hold Carrie up in prayers.


2,416 posted on 05/07/2007 1:38:59 PM PDT by Wandaroos
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To: GretchenM

Encouraging news, Gretchen! Prayers continue . . . especially tomorrow.


2,417 posted on 05/07/2007 1:40:23 PM PDT by windchime (I consider the left one of the fronts on the WOT)
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To: GretchenM

Thanks for letting me know that Carrie could open both eyes now, I did not know that, how exciting. Thanks for the reminder about tomorrow. Hope all goes well, and will keep you in prayer.


2,418 posted on 05/07/2007 1:48:15 PM PDT by AmericanMade1776
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To: GretchenM

Thanks for the update. Prayers for Carrie & the family..~Pandora~


2,419 posted on 05/07/2007 1:51:57 PM PDT by pandoraou812 ( zero tolerance to the will of Allah ...... dilligaf? with an efg.....)
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To: GretchenM

That’s awesome news in your latest update Gretchen. I will continue to keep Carrie and her family in my prayers.


2,420 posted on 05/07/2007 4:11:17 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway~~John Wayne)
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To: snugs; silent_jonny; onyx; JulieRNR21; Just A Nobody; DrDeb; SnarlinCubBear; Miss Marple; ...
Life is certainly full of vagaries. I just received this from my aunt and uncle.

Update May 7 - postponed surgery

Dear family and Friends of Caroline,

Boy, things were looking great this afternoon. M had taken Carrie to have a physical before the operation planned for tomorrow morning. They weren't gone for long and returned with good news of no problems to prevent the scheduled replacement of the skull piece in her head that was removed the day of the accident to allow her brain to swell. This evening M took her temperature and it was elevated and her heart rate was about 130. She advised the doctors of this condition and the operation was put off until a later date. We have no date scheduled at this time.

We don't know what difference having her skull in one piece will have on her recovery but we would all like to see it accomplished so we have a whole little girl.

We ask you for your continued prayers for Carrie and her family. M and D have been a tower of strength throughout this ordeal and they need your prayers also.

Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.
2,421 posted on 05/07/2007 5:00:10 PM PDT by GretchenM (What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? Please meet my friend, Jesus)
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To: GretchenM

Thank you so much for the updates. Carrie remains in my prayers and thoughts. I know it is a disappointment about the surgery as the family must be anxious to see her as she once was, but she is obviously in good and careful hands.


2,422 posted on 05/07/2007 5:05:34 PM PDT by McLynnan
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To: onyx; OldFriend; ilovew
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2,423 posted on 05/07/2007 5:06:00 PM PDT by GretchenM (What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? Please meet my friend, Jesus)
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To: GretchenM

Prayers continue. Thank you for the updates, as always.


2,424 posted on 05/07/2007 5:07:25 PM PDT by jdm (Emptiness is a conductor.)
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To: GretchenM

Continued prayers for Carrie’s recovery.


2,425 posted on 05/07/2007 5:08:49 PM PDT by goodnesswins (We need to cure Academentia)
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To: onyx

I’m kind of like a bulldog in the tenacity department. ;-)

From
http://www.allpets.co.za/sabulldogclub/job_description.htm

The Bulldog’s original job was no easy task: to bait, throw and pin the bull [my translation: an opposing, and much larger, force]. ...

... We are able to see the Bulldog as it appeared in its historical context: a pugilistic-looking dog built low to the ground with a configuration able to absorb the punishment inflicted by an angry bull. For as the tenacious dog clamped its correctly shaped and powerful jaws onto the muzzle or nose of the beleaguered bull, the dog’s body was subjected to tremendous trauma as the mighty animal struggled to free itself. The proper Bulldog front-end assembly, which encased the correct rib cage, was all-important to the survival of the dog as it was banged back and forth by the bull.


2,426 posted on 05/07/2007 5:21:02 PM PDT by GretchenM (What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? Please meet my friend, Jesus)
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To: GretchenM

Well, I’m sure when it’s God’s time, it’ll be the right time.


2,427 posted on 05/07/2007 5:28:08 PM PDT by freema (Marine FRiend, 1stCuz2xRemoved, Mom, Aunt, Sister, Friend, Wife, Daughter, Niece)
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To: GretchenM

Prayers continue.


2,428 posted on 05/07/2007 5:48:55 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (Taz Struck By Lightning Faces Battery Charge)
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To: GretchenM
Hi, Gretchen. Thanks for the updates.

Prayers continue.

2,429 posted on 05/07/2007 5:58:51 PM PDT by silent_jonny (staying & praying)
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To: GretchenM
sorry to hear about yet another delay
prayers that Carrie is able to have this surgery soon...
2,430 posted on 05/07/2007 6:35:57 PM PDT by firewalk
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To: GretchenM

Oh, my...I am sorry to hear that there will be a delay. I know that they had to go through a lot just to get to this point..the physical and all.

Bless her heart, Carrie is a fighter...and she will make it, but I think God is going to need to provide much patience and comfort to those around her. I suppose He knows the “right” time for all things.

Thanks for the update, Gretchen...prayer continuing for you, as well, my friend.

sleuth


2,431 posted on 05/07/2007 6:57:24 PM PDT by Txsleuth
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To: GretchenM
Thanks for the update Gretchen. There is a passage of scripture that has been my strong stay in the past several years of trials. “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.Psalms 37:23 I believe that our steps are custom ordered, that each step we take , our loving and all knowing Savior goes before us. We must praise God for each step in Carries' life, as I am sure you are. Polly
2,432 posted on 05/07/2007 7:45:04 PM PDT by pollywog (Joshua 1:9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid,)
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To: GretchenM

Prayers continue.


2,433 posted on 05/07/2007 9:23:26 PM PDT by windchime (I consider the left one of the fronts on the WOT)
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To: GretchenM

Thanks Gretchen. God answers prayers - just this week He helped out a little friend of mine I was asking Him to heal, and it’s an honor to be part of Carrie’s prayer family. In faith, I thank God for healing Carrie, and for giving us hope.


2,434 posted on 05/07/2007 10:16:35 PM PDT by MonicaG (In hoc signo vinces. The whole world will see justice done.)
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To: MonicaG
God answers prayers - just this week He helped out a little friend of mine I was asking Him to heal

That is AWESOME. Thanks for telling us.

2,435 posted on 05/07/2007 10:23:10 PM PDT by GretchenM (What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? Please meet my friend, Jesus)
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To: GretchenM

Sorry to hear of this setback, Gretchen.
I’m praying in the name of Jesus that Carrie’s temp will go down so she can have her surgery soon.

Peace to you, Gretchen.


2,436 posted on 05/07/2007 10:26:15 PM PDT by MeekMom (Present your bodies a living sacrifice unto God.)
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To: GretchenM

Thank you for the updates. Prayers continue...


2,437 posted on 05/08/2007 8:11:10 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: GretchenM

Praying for Carrie & family ~Pandora~


2,438 posted on 05/09/2007 9:43:54 AM PDT by pandoraou812 ( zero tolerance to the will of Allah ...... dilligaf? with an efg.....)
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To: pollywog

Amen to your Beautiful Post, Polly!


2,439 posted on 05/09/2007 11:02:15 AM PDT by Kitty Mittens (To God Be All Excellent Praise!!)
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To: GretchenM

Prayers for Carrie & family ~P~


2,440 posted on 05/10/2007 10:51:13 AM PDT by pandoraou812 ( zero tolerance to the will of Allah ...... dilligaf? with an efg.....)
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To: GretchenM

Gretchen ... any news on Carrie?


2,441 posted on 05/11/2007 6:09:18 PM PDT by AmericanMade1776
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To: AmericanMade1776
Thank you for asking. No new news; the latest was of her skull piece reinsertion surgery having to be put off a second time due to Carrie developing a fever and rapid heart rate. 2,421

Her mom wrote on May 2 (I didn't include this in a pinged post, just pinged LadyDoc to it in reply to her post): "Her ENT ordered a couple of new trache collars, and they are the newer ones that don't have a balloon. But he won't install them for a couple of weeks." This is to keep her windpipe from being damaged by her trache collar.

On Sundays or Mondays, my uncle and aunt generally send out a family newsletter Email update, advising what's going on with their daughters and their families, and other family members when items of note come up. Generally, if Carrie's mom and dad, or her sister and brother-in-law, haven't sent an update before then, I will have news by Sunday or Monday each week on any developments. Hope that helps as far as knowing when to look for more news.

Her mom is putting together the many prayer cloths that others have sent to them, to make a blanket of sorts to lay over Carrie. I am writing an Email to her mom, telling her that Joseph's coat of many colors, and how the father's (Father's) favor was upon Joseph, keeps coming to mind when I think of all those prayer cloths being sewn together to cover her. There's more to that which I hope to gather and post soon.

God bless you for your constancy in prayer.

2,442 posted on 05/11/2007 6:31:38 PM PDT by GretchenM (What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? Please meet my friend, Jesus)
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To: GretchenM

Thank you for letting me know. I hope she gets the surgery that is needed to replace the brain flap. I knew she was suppose to have it Tuesday, but it was cancelled, I was just hoping that it had been done.


2,443 posted on 05/12/2007 6:22:44 PM PDT by AmericanMade1776
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To: GretchenM

Prayes for Carrie & Family ~P~


2,444 posted on 05/12/2007 8:47:39 PM PDT by pandoraou812 ( zero tolerance to the will of Allah ...... dilligaf? with an efg.....)
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To: GretchenM

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms in your family. They are like angels with their love an devotion. Many the blessings pour down today.


2,445 posted on 05/13/2007 6:04:06 AM PDT by twin2
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To: twin2
Thank you! I receive that blessing for myself and add my own to all the mothers who read this thread, and all the moms in Carrie's family!

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2,446 posted on 05/13/2007 11:47:35 AM PDT by GretchenM (What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? Please meet my friend, Jesus)
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To: pandoraou812

Prayers For Carrie & Family ~Pandora~


2,447 posted on 05/13/2007 4:07:22 PM PDT by pandoraou812 ( zero tolerance to the will of Allah ...... dilligaf? with an efg.....)
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To: snugs; silent_jonny; onyx; JulieRNR21; Just A Nobody; DrDeb; SnarlinCubBear; Miss Marple; ...

Update May 14

From my aunt and uncle

Carrie had some tests done last week, and they came back good. She is being treated for conjunctivitis in her right eye.

Her mom made some Smoothies for Carrie to have through her stomach feeding tube. She is tolerating the real people food very well.

From Gretchen

A while ago Carrie's parents asked those who were willing to send prayer cloths so her mom could sew them into one cloth to lay over Carrie, in the manner of Acts 19:11, 12 "Now God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul, so that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them." Her parents have felt they are to focus on making their home a place where the Holy Spirit is most welcome.

I sent a cloth and some anointing oil from the local International Association of Healing Rooms that is near me. The idea kept working and working within my mind, so that I wrote and sent the following Email to Carrie's mother on Friday, May 11.

Hi M,

The other night when I was thinking of the prayer cloth you are putting together, the thought of Joseph's coat of many colors (Genesis 37) came to me strongly. ... here are some of my thoughts so far.

There were many plots afoot concerning Joseph, different ideas among his brothers as to how to deal with him, but it was God's sovereign will that prevailed. God spared Joseph's life, He lifted him out of more than one horrible pit, and saved more than Israel and Egypt in the process.

22 And Reuben said to them, "Shed no blood [don't kill him], but cast him into this pit which is in the wilderness, and do not lay a hand on him"-- that he might deliver him out of their hands, and bring him back to his father.
23 So it came to pass ... that they stripped Joseph of his tunic, the tunic of many colors that was on him.
24 Then they took him and cast him into a pit. And the pit was empty; there was no water in it. [I believe the Lord spared Carrie a number of complications in the way her accident occurred.]
25 ... Then there was a company of Ishmaelites, coming from Gilead with their camels, bearing spices, balm, and myrrh, on their way to carry them down to Egypt [interesting that those who took Joseph up were traveling from Gilead, carrying balm].
26 So Judah [his name meaning "praise") said to his brothers, ...
27 "Come and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and let not our hand be upon him, for he is our brother and our flesh." And his brothers listened.
33 [His father said], ... "Without doubt Joseph is torn to pieces."

We know, of course, that he wasn't. The "evidence" of the damage to Joseph proved not to be the final verdict about his fate. And similarly I believe it will be the same with Carrie, that the doctors' careful diagnoses will prove not to be the ultimate result of God's working in Carrie's life.

Reading this verse, "23 So it came to pass, when Joseph had come to his brothers, that they stripped Joseph of his tunic, the tunic of many colors that was on him," what comes to my mind is a returning to Carrie of the Father's coat of many colors, a restoration of that which was lost to the beloved child through a wrenching act of great harm. In this case, it is her brothers and sisters in Christ who are acting, not to remove, but to restore the varicolored "coat," demonstrating the love of the members of Christ's body for their sister.

May God use this covering mightily to build faith in all who come near Carrie, and also use it to bless her. I pray the presence of God's glory and holiness and healing become so strong upon that cloth, being renewed each morning as the dew is upon the grass, that Carrie feels her soul being pulled upward in yearning to commune with God. I pray she feels the love and healing power, amplified to her, that was sent out with each portion of cloth, and in time, feels the weight of God's glory resting so heavily on that cloth, cloak, "coat", that she simply is not able to remain unresponsive to His presence and glory and will sit up and rise up and take up her life again. I invite the Spirit of the Living God to hover over that covering and over Carrie, brooding over her as He did when He brought order out of a formless, chaotic void.

Genesis 1: 1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters [we are more than 90 percent water!]. 3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

I call Carrie out of the darkness of her current situation and into the light of the Lamb's face, in Jesus' Name, and into the light of full consciousness and alertness, nothing being left behind of her understanding. 1 Peter 2:9 But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God's OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

Amen!

Love,
Gretchen

Carrie's mom sent this reply today.

I really like the analogy of Joseph's coat of many colors. That is wonderful. I am going to write to people that sent a prayer cloth and include a photo of it, and would like to include what you wrote as well. Very cool!

I finished the covering (it turned into a quilt!) on Friday, which is the day you wrote [which is amazing, because I had been sick all that week, and suddenly on Friday my thoughts cleared and my body was strong enough for me to sit and write down my thoughts]. I was happy with how it turned out.

I just read your letter again-it is awesome! I copied it and put it in her room. Thank you so much, Gretchen!

With much love,
M


2,448 posted on 05/14/2007 4:10:33 PM PDT by GretchenM (What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? Please meet my friend, Jesus)
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To: GretchenM

prayer up for carrie!


2,449 posted on 05/14/2007 4:21:04 PM PDT by alpha-8-25-02 ("SAVED BY GRACE AND GRACE ALONE")
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To: GretchenM

Prayers continue


2,450 posted on 05/14/2007 4:40:21 PM PDT by Tribune7 (A bleeding heart does nothing but ruin the carpet)
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