On December 3, 2011, my first grandson, James Godfrey McBride IV was born into our family. He has been a blessing to us already, and we are looking forward to seeing the Lord use Him to bless others throughout his life. He was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, and will be having his first open heart surgery tomorrow morning at 7:00. We have already seen the Lord’s provision and sovereignty this week, and we look forward to seeing Him move tomorrow. As a family, we are clinging to these verses:
“Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God- you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration- what a creation!You k now me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, The days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day. ” Psalm 139:13-16 (MSG)
These verses assure us of God’s perfect plan for James’ life- that God has prepared every day for him before he was even born. We know that He who began a good work in James will be faithful to compete it, and we cling to this very promise. His middle name “Godfrey” means “God-Peace.” We find peace in knowing that He is in the palm of God’s hand, and He gives us a peace that passes all understanding.
As he undergoes surgery, please pray for the following things:
1. Wisdom and discernment for the doctors and nurses before, during, and after his surgery
2. Courage and peace for Buddy and Mallory
3. Strength and endurance for James’ body during the surgery
4. A strong recovery for James that can only be described by God’s power