21 From there, Jesus went to the regions of Tyre and Sidon. 22 A Canaanite woman from those territories came out and shouted, “Show me mercy, Son of David. My daughter is suffering terribly from demon possession.” 23 But he didn’t respond to her at all.
His disciples came and urged him, “Send her away; she keeps shouting out after us.”
24 Jesus replied, “I’ve been sent only to the lost sheep, the people of Israel.”
25 But she knelt before him and said, “Lord, help me.”
26 He replied, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and toss it to dogs.”
27 She said, “Yes, Lord. But even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall off their masters’ table.”
28 Jesus answered, “Woman, you have great faith. It will be just as you wish.” And right then her daughter was healed.
29 Jesus moved on from there along the shore of the Galilee Sea. He went up a mountain and sat down. 30 Large crowds came to him, including those who were paralyzed, blind, injured, and unable to speak, and many others. They laid them at his feet, and he healed them. 31 So the crowd was amazed when they saw those who had been unable to speak talking, and the paralyzed cured, and the injured walking, and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel. (Matthew 15:21-31, Common English Bible).
Isn’t it interesting how a child can so quickly grab our hearts? Such is the case with Sydney Jayne Broyles, my new granddaughter. She is my third granddaughter and sixth grandchild over all. God delivered her to us last Friday, January 24, 2020 at about 4:30 in the afternoon. She was seven lbs, seven oz. or at least that is what I think Morgan, my daughter-in-law said. Cindy and I drove the two hours (short Texas ride) to Tyler to meet this new precious child. Both mom and daughter were doing fine.
On Sunday, Sydney wasn’t eating. Over night Morgan decided something wasn’t right and she was taking her to the pediatrician Monday morning and she did. They checked our little girl’s blood sugar and it wouldn’t even register. As a diabetic I know how I feel when my blood sugar falls into the 50s. I can’t begin to comprehend what that little girl was feeling.
The pediatrician’s office building also housed an emergency room in it. They rushed her over. While they were putting in an IV she started seizing. As soon as they could stabilize her they flew both Morgan and Sydney to Dallas where they have been since.
They continue to have difficulty stabilizing her blood sugar. But about 9:45 tonight (Tuesday) I got a text from Christopher (my son). He said the doctors had just been in. Though Sydney had seizures throughout the night and morning, she had not had a seizure since noon today. If she remains seizure free overnight they may take her off the EEG tomorrow. Her blood sugar remains unregulated but they are continuing to work on that.
We are all very thankful for this good news but also realize there is still a ways to go. She remains sedated and as I said, she still has blood sugar issues and remains in NICU. But, this is a HUGE step forward.
Needless to say, Christopher and Morgan are beyond stressed and exhausted. Sydney’s two older sisters, Jenna and Natalie are feeling the impact too. Jenna has some understanding of what is happening but is such a tenderhearted little girl it surely has upset her. Natalie isn’t old enough to understand yet but she is a mama’s girl and clearly understands that mama isn’t around right now.
Cindy and I are both upset of course. Today I found myself stressed to the point I had no focus. My normal Tuesday activity, sermon preparation, didn’t happen. But, it isn’t Sunday, yet.
I chose the text above because Jesus heals quite a few people, with many different maladies. I see it much like where Sydney is right now. There are a lot of kids at Children’s Hospital in Dallas. They are dealing with many different conditions and just as Jesus was there for all those people, God is present and at work for all those children, including our Sydney.
I also picked the text because, when I read about the Canaanite woman whose daughter was in need of Jesus’ healing power, this was a Mother on a Mission. She was determined to get her daughter the help she needed. I see that in my daughter-in-law. Don’t get in the way of that mama when it comes to the help any of her three daughters need. In Christopher’s defense, I know he would move heaven and earth to see to the needs of those little girls. I shouldn’t neglect him.
I have no doubt, God’s hand is sitting with Sydney right now. I am thankful.
I know that we just started our look at Psalms a few days ago and I am already out of it. At this point, though the news is better right now, I will not make any promises that I am going to get anything written in the next few days. I had quite a bit on my plate this week before all this occurred. As of now, most of it is still on my calendar. Just know, I am committed to Psalms but, when things happen, I will always put the plan on the back burner. Sometimes it might even happen because I feel God leading me to something different for a day or two. I will return to the Psalm work before too much longer. I hope you understand.
Please keep Sydney, Morgan, Christopher, Jenna, and Natalie in your prayers. They are all in special need right now. Thank you in advance for what you do to support us.
In search of the genuine,
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