Monday, August 24, 2009

Robin's Brother

Robin's brother, John Rutherford Dalziel, had a bicycle accident last Tuesday evening, while riding with his wife to a friends house. John is now in Vancouver General Hospital, with a broken neck and a damaged spinal cord. He is a quadrapaligic. In an instant his life has changed, and ours with him.

John now needs assistance to breath, to eat but not to think. His mind is quick, and although he cannot make a sound, he can still talk by moving his lips, nodding or shaking his head and clicking with his tongue.

John has always been a staunch example to us of Christian discipline, godliness and faith. And now our faith and his is being tested in a furnace of affliction. John is still an example to us -- with his trust in God's good providence, even in the face of suffering.

A blog is being kept by John's nephews and nieces to keep friends and family informed of John's progress in healing.

Update: There is hope that John may regain some mobility in time and with much work. His spinal cord was damaged but not severed, so as the nerves regenerate there may be improvement in his condition.

Day by Day

Day by day, and with each passing moment,
Strength I find to meet my trials here;
Trusting in my Father's wise bestowment,
I've no cause for worry or for fear.
He, whose heart is kind beyond all measure,
Gives unto each day what He deems best,
Lovingly its part of pain and pleasure,
Mingling toil with peace and rest.

Every day the Lord Himself is near me,
With a special mercy for each hour;
All my cares He fain would bear and cheer me,
He whose name is Counsellor and Pow'r.
The protection of His child and treasure
Is a charge that on Himself He laid;
"As thy days, thy strength shall be in measure,"
This the pledge to me He made.

Help me then, in every tribulation,
So to trust Thy promises, O Lord,
That I lose not faith's sweet consolation,
Offered me within Thy holy Word.
Help me, Lord, when toil and trouble meeting,
E'er to take, as from a father's hand,
One by one, the days, the moments fleeting,
Till with Christ the Lord I stand.

1 comment:

  1. It is time to give John an augmentive communition device so he can be heard, talk to the occupational therpist, they may take a while to get one. You are in my prayers, You can do this together as a family.