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A Prayer for the Heart (1)

A few months ago, when I wrote the post Repairing My Son’s Heart (which explains about Johannes’ condition) I knew it wouldn’t be long until the next open-heart surgery, the third one for him. Earlier today we arrived again at the hospital in Göteborg. The doctors are running a few tests for two days, followed by the operation on Monday morning.

I usually don’t ask for much, but we would feel blessed if you would offer a prayer for Johannes, that he will get through this surgery, with accompanying recuperating time, without any trauma to body or soul. I know that he would appreciate it as well. Thank you!


When we came to the hospital today, the first thing we saw on one of the walls was a photo montage of different heart children who had been operated in the past. And there he was – Johannes. I guess it’s easy to see who it is? He was one years old in that photo, and had just come home from his second surgery.


I don’t have too many pictures of me together with my children, since I’m usually behind the camera. But here my wife took a shot of Johannes and I, while waiting to take some X-ray images.


Speaking of waiting, we did a lot of that today. Why not take another picture then with the coolest pillow in the hospital, according to Johannes… and me.


A lot of surgeons, physical therapists, and nurses spoke to Johannes today. Here is the his last conversation with nurse Sara who wants to explain some after-surgery routines.

Through it all, my wife and I were surprised at how calm he seemed. It’s almost like he’s excited about it all, looking forward to getting it done. I’m grateful for that, because it strengthens our faith, and releases some of that natural anxiety a parent carries around as they’re ready to entrust the life of their child into someone else’s hands.

As much as I wish for the contrary, there is not a lot of writing energy at the moment, nor time for that matter. But I hope to be able to report soon again – especially for family and friends who I know are emotionally involved with us at this moment. Until then, thanks again for your prayers.


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