Day 92-40 aka Captain America

Many of you have been calling him a hero. Well as it turns out, none of us guessed his true identity! I know I wondered how he was able to do the things he was doing… now it makes perfect sense… Justus is none other than… Captain America!!! I guess the whole Steve Rogers things got me confused.

Well our hero had another great day of physical, occupation, and speech therapy (PT/OT/ST). Unfortunately, super hero or not, he’s dealing with some post surgery effects – especially as it pertains to the medication and managing pain and anti-seizure meds in addition to a little swelling. Nothing of real concern, but his parents especially, hate to see him uncomfortable. So please continue to pray for a quick recovery from the surgery and then his continued improvement in rehab.

We still don’t know a timetable for a permanent discharge, but we’re excited that even with surgery just a few days ago, he’s earned a day pass for tomorrow (Saturday)… which of course is Halloween. I don’t know how you all feel about Halloween, we certainly don’t embrace the current meaning that’s on display. But, like so many other holidays, Halloween does owe some of its roots to a Christian beginning. If you’re interested in reading a quick and helpful article, here is a pretty good one I came across recently (History of Halloween). It doesn’t make Halloween right, but adds some depth of understanding. Also, I heard someone say, Halloween is the one day out of the year when the mission field comes to your door. I’m just excited for Justus to have a chance to be a little more “normal” even if it is on a holiday I’m not crazy about. Besides, I know before too long, his parents will make sure he understands the Christian perspective of this last day of October.

Also, I want you to remember, just because our culture hijacks things like holidays, doesn’t mean we have to let them. If you are a parent, be proactive in teaching your kids a biblical perspective of All Hallowed Eve, and Thanksgiving, and Christmas, and of course Easter. It just takes a little forethought and intentionality to make a day that could easily teach greed and selfishness into something with true meaning. And here is the good news… they can still have fun!!! God is not a downer God! We’ve talked for weeks about how much God loves us and is for us. Well that extends beyond just caring about our health. God cares about every part of your life. He created you. He knows you better than you know you. Jesus said, “I have come that they might have life and have it to the full!”

That’s why when trusting God seems to go against what is best for us… it’s a lie from the pit of hell. Those fleeting moments we so often chase can’t compare to the level of fulfillment and contentment that comes with following the master designer. We wouldn’t think of taking the owners manual from our car and tossing it because it’s dumb… it says I shouldn’t drive my car over 100 mph and it also says I have to spend money every 3,000 miles to change the oil… dumb, dumb, dumb! And yet, that’s what we do, when we say to the one who loves us so fully, “You don’t understand what I need right now!”

Right now, it would appear we all need a hero… and in at least a few small ways God has used Justus that way. Tomorrow night pray for him as he gets a chance to dress up like a super hero. As people are handing him candy, I doubt any of them will know they are giving candy to real live hero!!! Thanks for praying for our hero. And thanks for praying for all of those other heroes at #TeamJustus prayer page. Happy All Hallows Eve!