7/6/15 (Elijah) 

Here’s an update from Brenna. She refers to her amazement at the blog stats; this website has been viewed over 209,000 times by over 55,000 people, in over 100 countries. We are so grateful for those of you who have joined us in prayer; it brought so much hope, especially in the first few days after the accident. In seeing how the Lord was burdening his people all over the world to pray for the preservation of Autumn’s and Elijah’s lives, it made me confident that He intended to do a mighty work. He has, and He is! Here’s a look at the schedule for Elijah’s big day tomorrow (long-awaited answer to prayer!), as well as a glimpse into more of his character.

|| Haley


“This week I was speaking with Haley about the blog. She interfaces with the readers and some of it she forwards on. She was telling me the statistics on the blog that hardly anyone is aware of; we are amazed at the numbers of people who are keeping up on Elijah and Autumn who have never met them before… thank you!  

 

Because many of you don’t know Elijah, I thought I would use Elijah’s words to help you know the kind of person that he is. Since the accident, some people have shared with me thank you cards, emails and voice messages that Elijah had sent them. Elijah tends to be a thinker.  When he was about 8 or 9 years old he said he didn’t want to go to an amusement park because amuse means “without thought”.  As he grew older, he enjoyed putting those thoughts into words – in sermons and speeches and debates. So, here are a few of his printed words:

 

From my birthday card April 2015 (3 wks before the accident):

Dear Mom, Happy Birthday! I hope you have a great day! Just as much as this is a happy birthday card, it is also a thank you card.  Thank you for everything you have done for me. I truly appreciate everything you did to raise me. I know that nothing I do could ever repay you for what you have done for us, but I want you to know that I love you and am grateful for all you do.  Thanks for being a great mom, teacher, mentor, inspirational speaker, and debate partner.  Love you!

 

From a thank you card summer 2014:  

Dear ——family,

“Those with a positive outlook on life are indubitably the most uplifting to be around.  Your family has an uplifting effect on others, because of your optimistic perspective and your joyful demeanor.  Thank you for the encouraging presence you always have and for the friendship you have shared with me.  In the somewhat less abstract and more immediate realm, I would also like to convey my no less warmly felt gratitude for your generous monetary gift for my graduation.  I truly appreciate it.
In Christ,
Elijah Lowry

 

From an email to a friend 2010 (13-14yrs old):

 

“I began reading Job this morning and I realized:  Job had the foundational understanding that everything we own is the Lord’s and that he has merely lent it to us for a time.  Even after he has lost everything and his wife urges him to “curse God and die.”  He replies “How can we receive good from the Lord if we cannot receive adversity?”  This simple faith is what we need today; simply understanding that all is the Lord’s and that all He does has a purpose. Just thought I’d pass along the challenge to be content with our lot.” 

 

These words, God’s words, speak to us all, wherever we are.

 

Tomorrow (Tuesday) we will move to Craig at 9:00 a.m.  We hope the transition will be smooth and Elijah will have a plan in place quickly.  We look forward with hope and prayer for the progress that Elijah will be able to make with more intense therapy.  He is definitely ready.   The changes this week have been less dramatic; more subtle.  Elijah has been able to interject thoughts into conversations going on around his bedside and answer some questions.  His understanding of language is fully intact and as the neurons reconnect to form different pathways, he is sometimes able(or willing?) to answer questions.  He is averaging maybe 2-3 phrases/sentences per day so he definitely chooses his times and audience carefully and some days does not say anything.  Friday, the OT stretched out Elijah’s hand and as it was contracting back down to a fist, she asked him to keep his fingers out and he was slowly able to do that.  Similiarly, he was able to close them slowly when asked.  This is a step.  His arms are overall still very contracted at the bicep and mostly he cannot extend past 90 degrees.  

 

Please continue to pray for Elijah’s siblings.  The younger boys are experiencing the stress and have been able to express their feelings about that this weekend.  

 

Thank you for faithfully standing by us as we walk this path…God is capable and faithful to finish what he started.

~Brenna for all

 

 

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21 thoughts on “7/6/15 (Elijah) 

  1. Tuesday) we will move to Craig at 9:00 a.m….Yes!
    What a special guy he is! Insightful beyond his years!
    Scott Schwinn and his siblings were students of mine!
    Great family! Still praying that this story of God’s work
    will be a story of His Grace.

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  2. Brenna,
    Praying for smooth transition to Craig, as well as a care plan that will optimize Elijah’s potential. Specifically asking our Father to come along side Elijah’s little brothers to comfort & help them during this challenging time. Thankful they are able to verbalize their feelings.
    Hugs,
    Kim

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  3. SO wonderful!! I nearly cried when I saw the words, “Tomorrow we will move to CRAIG.” What a huge step. Will be praying for much greater progress there! You are not forgotten. God works on!!! Stay strong. Stay encouraged. ❤️ In Christ, Heidi M

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  4. We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth; 2 Thessalonians 1:3 KJV

    Praying for you! I am so thankful for your beautiful testimony to the Goodness of Our Reedemer, who will restore all things in His Time.

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  5. We continue to pray for Elijah and Autumn and your precious families. God is magnified in you and His glory beams from you making it easy to see His mercy! Thank you for keeping your lives open to let strangers in to pray and see the love of Jesus!! We Praise our savior Jesus Christ for His grace on yours and Autumn’s lives.

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  6. So glad to hear that Elijah is moving forward. I pray that his proximity to Autumn will hasten the healing of both of these wonderful young people. I remember a while back that Autumn was asking about Elijah. Has she heard the news? Praise GOD for His mercies, each and every day!

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  7. It seems like a privilege to be counted as one among 55,000 people that pray for Elijah and Autumn and their families on a daily basis. That includes you too Haley. 🙂 My morning walk would seem empty now if it didn’t include a specific petition for each of you. This blog has become such a connection to you all and I appreciate all the posts, especially the very specific ones that direct my prayers . Hugs for you all. Double hugs for those siblings that are trying to adjust to the change in family dynamics. Talking about it is a well needed freedom.
    As the Psalmist writes (Psalm 91:1-2)
    “He who dwells in the shelter of the most high will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ” He is my refuge and my fortress, My God, in Him I will trust!”

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  8. Lamentations 3:22-26
    Because of the LORD’s treat love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.. I say to my self, “The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.
    Thank-you for graciously allowing us a view into this arduous journey of faith, you are walking.
    Your continued clinging to our Lord, and trust in Him, is a testimony which brings Him glory and encouragement to us.
    Praying with you and for you.
    In the love of Christ ~

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  9. Way to go, Elijah! Still praying for you and Autumn every day. Praise the Lord for your strong faith in him which nothing can ever take away. “Who shall separate us from the love of God? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution…? Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.”

    Haley, could you or somebody please tell me where I can send a card for Autumn and/or Elijah? Thank you!

    Blessings,
    Hannah

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  10. At the risk of being insensitive (I can only guess at all each family has going on – spiritually, emotionally, physically, financially) – I’d love an update on Elijah and Autumn. They remain in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for all the updates you have provided. May God bless each of you.

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    • Hello Lynda —
      No, you’re not being insensitive at all! We should have updates from both families soon. For now, all I can say is that both Elijah and Autumn are still at Craig, and the days are long. Both are stable, but progress seems slow sometimes, which can get to feeling discouraging. It’s hard to adjust to this new normal. Both families are really needing your prayer. More to come!
      || Haley

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