Peace and love to you all.
There is little for us to report in terms of changes from this morning. They are still trying to regulate his temperature while also bringing him back down from sedation, so another drug has been introduced to hopefully rectify that. At this point, concerns about his kidneys, heart, or chest are basically gone, which is good! The most pressing concern now, though, is about his brain. How much has been affected, what areas have been affected, and being able to maintain the temperature effectively are all of importance.
So, in lieu of a story this time, I'd simply ask for a targeted prayer. Heal my father's brain, calm our worries, and bring him back to us.
Thank you as always for your kind words, your thoughts, and your prayers. We feel your arms around us even from miles away.
I'll leave you with a longer prayer this time.
Dear Lord of Mercy and Father of Comfort,
You are the one I turn to for help in moments of weakness and times of need. I ask you to be with Randy in this illness. Psalm 107:20 says that you send out your Word and heal. So then, please send your healing Word to Randy. In the name of Jesus, drive out all infirmity and sickness from his body.
Dear Lord, I ask you to turn this weakness into strength, this suffering into compassion, sorrow into joy, and pain into comfort for others. May we trust in your goodness and hope in your faithfulness, even in the middle of this suffering. Let us be filled with patience and joy in your presence as he waits for your healing touch.
Please restore Randy to full health, dear Father. Remove all fear and doubt from our hearts by the power of your Holy Spirit, and may you, Lord, be glorified through his life and through ours.
As you heal and renew Randy, Lord, may we bless and praise you.
All of this, I pray in the name of Jesus Christ.
After 43 years of ministry, Randy Cross lived his "fourth life" and shared about retirement, living boldly and intentionally in our world. To be sure, there was some North Dakota thrown in.