December 7, 2012

Dear Friends,

Thanks so much for keeping up with Phil and continuing to pray for him and his family.  We all need each other’s support no matter what we are going through.

Yesterday was Phil’s last day at the climb program for the year, but no worries, he will start again in January with new visits.  The therapists gave him lots of homework and as you know he works pretty hard, it’s just a matter of if I can keep up with him.  

He has been improving and it is exciting to see.   His walking has improved so much.  It has been about two and a half months since we retired his wheel chair, and we are now working on walking with just a walking stick.  He is doing more and more of it around the house and is becoming more confident with it.  Phil is still at the point where he wouldn’t use the walking stick if I wasn’t beside him just in case, but that will come soon.  Continue praying for improvement in this area of Phil’s recovery.

I also think of Phil’s improvement in the area of speech.  He can now have good conversations with anyone, and is just a little slower than the average person.  When the Hopkins came up to visit for Thanksgiving they were really impressed with Phil’s speech especially. 

His reading/spelling is coming along as well. He reads at a quicker pace and understands more words.  Please continue to pray for understanding the written words as this is pretty important for Phil.

Phil asks you guys to pray for balance, courage, strength and patience, and is thankful for all of you who continue to pray for him.  He is doing great and we all hope you have a Merry Christmas, and good breaks, to those of you who get one.

I am always encouraged by the words of the angels, “I bring you good tidings of great Joy to all people.” What does this mean? It means we have a God who comes to us. Through life and all its pains, sufferings and joys, our God comes to us and does not make us go through that alone. This is the joy of Christmas. Emmanuel.




5 thoughts on “December 7, 2012

  1. Aunt Nayna says:

    Beautiful news! Go, go, and keep on going!

  2. Sherri says:

    Yes! We wept seeing our brother in Christ over Thanksgiving. Phil is absolutely experiencing progress walking and talking up a storm! We got to see his beautiful smile, bright brown sparkling eyes. standing, walking, laughing, telling AWESOME jokes!
    Singing The Doxology! What a blessing!!!
    I know how Joseph felt seeing his brothers again when he wept. I will pray for Phil and his requests. God is faithful!!!! Thanking and praising him!!! Love in Christ, Sherri

  3. Sherri says:

    Ok. Correction. I WEPT. 🙂

  4. Your news is like a super Christmas card ! It’s a gift you give us when you share Phil’s news with us. I pray for you and your family, John. You are using God’s love and courage that he gives you to know how to support each other and to see He is indeed there, in the middle of you and your family. JOY TO THE WORLD and MERRY CHRISTMAS !!!!!!!

  5. Karen kennedy says:

    Phil is a fighter. He has definitely worked hard. His accomplishments are truly a joy I will pray as requested and amen to your last paragraph. Merry Christmas. Karen Kennedy

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