Jonathan is one of my best reminders to pray for my mom. We have a couple of pictures of her up in frames, or on the computer screen, and often when Jonathan sees them he spontaneously says "Ga-ma, sick, hospital, Jesus, amen!" And how could you not pray when reminded so clearly? It is one of my greatest joys to realize that in teaching my son to love Jesus, I'm learning to love God better as well.
Mom really does need a lot of prayer right now. Although she is making some progress, it is very slow and not what we'd hoped for. The biggest new problem right now is that she has something called heterotopic ossification in her hips. It is a very rare and very painful condition - basically her brain has told her body to make new bone, even though there is no need for new bone. Her doctors are saying that the drugs that could be used to counteract it have side effects that would be even worse, given her current condition. That leaves...waiting. For about six months until the bones finish growing, and then having surgery to remove them. Obviously, this is not at all what we wanted to hear. So please pray. Please pray that this process stops. For that matter, pray that it reverses itself. Our God is the great physician, and there is no reason that he couldn't do it. And pray that Mom has good doctors who will know what is best to do.
Please pray also for peace of mind for my Mom and my Dad. There are so many decisions to make, so much to think about, and it is so hard to know what choices are best.