Heading to see Brian shortly...
He does have pneumonia but thankfully they already have him on antibiotics from the surgery so it is being treated. The, as always, wonderful nurses indicate that these set backs are typical in these situations. You take a few steps forward & then one back, so the cliche (which always annoy me, those cliches, I mean, but I guess they exist for a reason) goes.
In spite of, he did his best to let us know he knew we were there with some great eyebrow gestures (I know you are all grinning right now picturing that trademark feature of his & its power of expression) & even a wave!
We're told we still need to go easy on him (no more iphone light saber battles over his head for now, I fear) but he's still gradually coming off that ventilator.
He had some pastors brought to see him today & lead the family in prayer emphasizing the goodness of God, the glory in His works, & His care over Brian. Your posts of faith & the kindness of these pastors brought by loving friends are exactly the encouragement we need. I'm not going to lie--there's a lot of details that come with a crisis like this & they can be used to weigh you down & take your focus of the blessings that God has been so faithful to provide. We need to be surrounding by believers who help us remember that He spared Brian. I've found such comfort in a couple of verses.
The Bible tells us (Luke 12:22-31): "Do not worry about your life...life is more than food & the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse or barn, & God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds? And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest?...If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field & tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you?...And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. For all these things the nations of the world seek after, & your Father knows that you need these things. But seek the kingdom of God, & all these things shall be added to you."
So, that's what we do. We seek His kingdom & His glory knowing that he will provide.
We thank so many of you for playing a special part in all the details & for encouraging us to continually lift our hearts & minds to Jehovah Jireh (Genesis 22:14).