In Christ Alone (by Stuart Townend)

In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song;
this Cornerstone, this solid Ground,
firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
when fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My Comforter, my All in All,
here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone! who took on flesh
Fulness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones he came to save:
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied -
For every sin on Him was laid;
Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain:
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave he rose again!
And as He stands in victory
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am His and He is mine -
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me;
From life's first cry to final breath.
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home,
Here in the power of Christ I'll stand.

Posted by Jon Daley on November 22, 2002, 9:05 am | Read 6171 times | Comments (0)
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Praise the Lord, O my soul, and all my deepest parts
Give praise to the One Who pulled You out of darkness
chorus of Tender Mercy, by Ben and Robin Pasley

But seek first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness;
and all these things shall be added unto you.
Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.
Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Matthew 6:33-34

Isaac remained stable throughout the night. They gave up trying to get an arterial catheter in, they said his blood is great, so maybe they don't need it after all (they spent probably 4 hours yesterday trying to get one in)

I will be on my way to the hospital shortly, Heather is still home, doing fine, sore, but got up by herself this morning.

My mom is flying into Pittsburgh this afternoon and will be at the hospital with us.

Heather recorded a video of herself singing, "Jesus Loves You, This I Know", so I can play it for Isaac when I get to the hospital.

Prayer requests:
That Isaac would move today. The doctor said yesterday that if he moves within the first 24 hours, things are looking really good.
That Heather and I can stayed focused on Him, and all the blessings that He has showered us with.
That the Lord would use me in my conversations with the other parents in the NICU. Some who are there are very scared and think they have little to hope for.

Posted by Jon Daley on November 22, 2002, 9:00 am | Read 4904 times | Comments (0)
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'I Offer My Isaac' by Stacey Regan: (Genesis 22)

I offer my Isaac, here on your altar
Removed from my shoulders, bound for the slaughter
I surrender my Isaac, here on your altar
Freely I offer the love of my heart.

My hands are free to praise you wholly now
to receive what you have for me
Whether you take or return my Isaac oh Lord
On your altar my heart will still be
On your altar my heart will still be

Posted by Jon Daley on November 21, 2002, 10:05 pm | Read 27280 times | Comments (1)
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Isaac was born 2:05PM, November 21st, 2002. No one has measured or weighed him, but we are guessing 8 pounds, and probably 21-22 inches in length.

He was not breathing when he was born, and after receiving oxygen for a minute, 911 was called, and he was rushed to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.

When we arrived, he was still not breathing, had a slow heart rate (100bpm), and was 10 degrees colder than normal.

He is in somewhat stable condition now, heart rate quickly picked up to relatively normal (140bpm), and has warmed up. However, now his heart rate is fast (210bpm), working really hard to get blood through his small/restricted blood vessels.

They had some trouble getting needles in for various fluids in and out, but they seem to be happy with the condition now.

They are concerned about some jerky movements he was making originally, and have run an EEG test (that is what lots of the wires on him in the picture are). Due to a sedative they gave him, his brain activity is low, so they are going to run the test again tomorrow for hopefully improved brain activity, with no signs of seizures.

Heather is fine, as much as could be expected after giving birth. She is tired, emotionally too. I have brought pictures and a short video (thank you Grandpa Wightman for the camera) home to show her, as she is not up to moving a whole lot yet.

I spent the whole day at the hospital, and the night with Heather at home. So many of you have cared for us so much. To those of you who have asked how can you help, please pray. I don't know what else to ask for. Alissa Kuhns is currently staying with Heather while I am gone, but she could probably use some help every once in a while.

I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.
Philippians 4:11

Posted by Jon Daley on November 21, 2002, 10:00 pm | Read 22148 times | Comments (0)
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