Sunday, April 1, 2007

Palm Sunday

As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, "Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, 'Why are you untying it?' tell him, 'The Lord needs it.' " Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, "Why are you untying the colt?" They replied, "The Lord needs it." They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road. When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: "Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord" "Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!" Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, "Teacher, rebuke your disciples!" "I tell you," he replied, "if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out." As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, "If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God's coming to you." Luke 19:28-44

Palm is the Sunday with a split personality. It starts with an upbeat gospel recounting Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. It is a festive affair, complete with a parade route strewn with palm branches. But we quickly progress to the stark reading of Jesus’ passion, bearable only because we already know its happy ending. Mel Gibson’s film did us a favor in reminding us how shockingly brutal the whole business really was. If you have not seen "The Passion of the Christ" or if it has been awhile, I encourage you to watch the movie this week.

I never thought that I would be uttering these words again, and I am still in shock as I type them, but I am pleased to announce that Joe and I are expecting another child. I am pregnant!!! After trying for so long to conceive another child and enduring 2 years of fertility treatments to conceive Kyle, we are amazingly pregnant so soon after his birth. At this point, I am really not sure what to say, other than the Lord works in mysterious ways.

Good news...Our big boy weighed in last night at a whopping 2 pounds!!! It took almost 6 weeks for him to get there, but he finally made it! Praise God! Kyle's spinal tap is still coming back negative. His oxygen level continues to be a little high, the vent settings have been between 45% and 50%.

Something I forgot to mention earlier in the week...on Tuesday Kyle had an eye exam. The eye exam itself was very brief, and took place from the comfort of his isolette. Prior to the exam Kyle was given eye drops to numb his eyes. During the exam the nurse held Kyle's head steady while the doctor put a clip on his eyelids to hold them open. I was not allowed in the room during the exam, but I am told the clip looks like an awful torture device. The doctor then peered into Kyle's eyes with the aid of a light mounted on his forehead and a set of hand-held magnifying lenses. The whole thing took less than five minutes. Kyle didn't enjoy it very much and promptly fell asleep the moment it was over. Eye problems in preemies are fairly common. When Kyle was born, his eyes were only about 30% developed, which is normal for as early as he was. So far, Kyle is on target for his age, but the doctor said that issues come into play when the babies eyes do not continue to develop properly outside the womb. Because of this, the doctors will give Kyle weekly eye exams to make sure his eyes continue to develop normally.

"Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna:Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord."~John 12:13~

Much Love,

Jennifer, Joe, Madison, Kyle and ?????
P.S. APRIL FOOLS ABOUT THE PREGNANCY! I'm NOT pregnant...hopefully, you're laughing about my little prank and not upset! :)


Aunt Karen said...

You stinker! You really took my breath away, and had me believing you! I read it to Earl immediately, before I saw your P.S. There's only one day a year you can get away with a story like that!

Nike Kyle looks so adorable, and we are so thrilled that he has reached the 2 pound mark. His growth is evident in the pictures. Every hurdle is a testimony to God's faithfulness.

We are convinced that you and your family are resting safely in God's hands, and whatever happens, He will guide you through it.

Thank you for sharing the scripture of Palm Sunday and all it means concerning our hope for eternity. God is really using you through all of this.
We love you,
Aunt Karen

Anonymous said...

Hi Jennifer. Two pounds sounds like a significant attainment for Kyle! Hopefully, over the next 6 weeks we will see even greater, faster growth/weight gain. We will pray for his eyes to keep developing without obstacles and for his oxygen levels to improve so he can go off assistance.

My husband and I watched The Passion of the Christ on Friday evening and intend to do so every year around Easter week. It is a wonderful reminder of what He once endured for us as a man ....and, yet, continues to endure for us moment by moment. It is very humbling as we are not worthy but also very reassuring because our Lord loves us so much.

Laura Austin

Pam Hunt, HCC said...

Hi Jennifer,
So, of course, I believe you and let Deb Wides know before I read the P.S. on your note! You got us good!!
I am so happy to hear about how big Kyle is getting. We keep a close eye on his progress here in Children's Ministry. We are praying for all of you and hope for all good things. I love to see the pictures, the headband is adoreable!
Your testimony to God's love and faithfullness is so apparent. If we can help in any way, please contact me at HCC.
Grace and Peace be with you!