And he said, ‘O Lord, God of my master Abraham, please grant me success today and show steadfast love to my master Abraham. I am standing here by the spring of water, and the daughters of the townspeople are coming out to draw water. Let the girl to whom I shall say, “Please offer your jar that I may drink”, and who shall say, “Drink, and I will water your camels”—let her be the one whom you have appointed for your servant Isaac. By this I shall know that you have shown steadfast love to my master.’
Genesis 24:12-14 (NRSV)
If you've read about Ewan's name, you know his middle name is from the book of Genesis, after Abraham's servant. We chose Eliezer because of the tremendous humility and servant's heart he demonstrates. As long as Abraham remained childless, Eliezer stood to inherit all of Abraham's wealth. But then Abraham had a son. In Genesis 24, Abraham sends Eliezer on an important errand: to find a wife for his son, Isaac (the one who would take the inheritance that could have been Eliezer's). He obeys his master, and faithfully discharges the duty of finding Isaac a wife.
Before he finds Rebekah, he prays the prayer above. His prayer is simple and it is specific. It isn't grandiose or sparkly, but modest and practical.
As much as I would love to see the kind of miracles that are as dramatic as raising someone from the dead or giving a blind man his sight, I wonder if we shouldn't be praying for Ewan like Eliezer prayed to find a wife for his master's son: simple, modest, practical. This request is for a miracle measured in inches, not in miles. And when the request is answered, we (like Eliezer) will fall down on our knees and thank God for his provision.
While we do have some long-term prayers in mind, let's try and think of the immediate needs, namely this: getting this baby off of ECMO. Yesterday's surgery resulted in an improvement in Ewan's numbers. After the cath lab procedure today (where they were able to stretch out his pulmonary arteries and the point at which the shunt connects to the aorta), the numbers were even better. But he's still on ECMO. We need to get him off of this machine. His lungs need to do a bit more work before he's ready. But I'm confident that God is able, and I know that if we storm heaven with our prayers, it will happen when it's supposed to.
Quite simply my request is this: let's pray Ewan off of the ECMO machine. In the grand scheme of things, it's a small request, but an important one. It only asks for independence from a machine. Please pray with me for this request: that Ewan's body would be strong enough to handle getting off of ECMO. It sounds like doctors want to do another trial off of ECMO in the morning. We pray that when he is tested tomorrow, that we will see that this little fighter can handle it.
Ready, team? Let's pray baby Ewan off of ECMO.