Update from the Moars

17 Nov

“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” [Philippians 4:12-13]

When the Apostle Paul writes these words, he is not saying that life is always easy and pleasant. No one ever enjoys a chronic food shortage. Likewise, no one has a great desire to struggle through life in poverty and constant need. But whatever is happening, Paul can say that he is content. Life is hard and a constant struggle, but the joy and blessings that Paul has in Jesus (3:7-11) give him the strength to keep on going. And not just to endure life like a trip to the dentist, but to live life with content. He is at peace with what is happening. He doesn’t long for more or for different circumstances—he rejoices in the life that God has given him, and presses on in service of his Lord (eg, Phil 3:7-14).

Passages like these have been a great challenge and comfort for us as we settle into life with Finn. While the adjustments to the way life now works for us are mentally and physically tiring, we are content.  We worry that Finn might have an infection or a blockage to his shunt each time he seems a little off. We constantly ride the line between letting him cry and settle himself back to sleep without letting the pressure in his head build up too much from the crying. Our recent week in hospital (Finn had a gastro bug) leaves us wondering if this kind of thing will be all too common—in fact we fully expect that Finn will need at least one more operation at some stage, but we have no indication of when. We’re concerned for the impact our new way of life has on Liam. Not to mention what everyone who has ever had kids knows: a three year old and a six month old are just hard work! And yet, while it has been and still is tiring and hard, we rejoice in the life that we have and rejoice in the opportunities we have each day to honour and serve our Lord.

But before I give you a wrong picture, I need to emphatically say: it’s not all hard! Finn is doing so much better than his doctors ever hoped that he would. He is alert and inquisitive. He recognises his family and loves to be around them. He is happy most of the time. He is showing off his quiet, cheeky personality. He has good movement in his legs down to his shins. He loves playing with stuff and putting toys in his mouth. He has just started to sit up by himself. Liam absolutely adores Finn and looks after him with so much love. All of these are a joy to us each time we are reminded of them. And each time we are reminded of them, we are also reminded of the wonderful grace and mercy of our God. Finn might not have been able to breathe or feed. By God’s mercy he does. And he does much more. All of it, by the hands of our God who loves us and sent his Son to die for us.

So next time you ask us how we are going, expect us to say it’s hard. But also expect us to say that we are ok. No matter how tough things get, even if we get worn down and need to take a break, we’ll still be content. Worn down maybe, even struggling, but content. Because like Paul, we know that this world is broken, but our God has already begun the process of making all things new. Our hurt, though it is real, is passing:

…our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body. [Phil 3:20-21]

This is all because of the mercy and grace of our God. He won’t just smooth over our pain. He will deal perfectly with the brokenness and decay that sin inflicts upon our world and upon our mortal bodies (in fact he already has dealt with—we just await the realisation of what Jesus has already achieved). We long for that day when not only will our bodies be renewed, but the broken body of our little boy will be transformed and made like the glorious body of his Lord.

So please join us in rejoicing in the Lord and giving thanks for his grace and mercy. We also very much appreciate your prayers for support and ask that you would continue to pray that we would find contentment in our Lord.

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. [Phil 4:4-7]

 

In Christ,

Brendan, Kate, Liam and Finn Moar

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