Advent Reflections

Advent Reflection | Friday, December 18

Today’s A Weary World Rejoices story comes from Brittany Ballweg:

Weariness has taken on new meaning during this time as Brittany and Kyle Ballweg, GS members, watch Kyle’s cousin’s family experience something we hope no one ever has to. Kelsey, who is also a co-worker in Kyle’s business, after battling COVID-19 at home for over one week, while 39 weeks pregnant with her and Derek’s fourth child, was taken to the ER on Wednesday, November 4 after she began having much difficulty breathing.

Upon arrival at the hospital, she was found to have oxygen levels in the 40s (this number should be above 90, ideally above 95 in a healthy person). She was admitted to the ICU where she was sedated and put on a ventilator. Once her breathing was controlled, it was decided baby needed to be delivered via C-section.  Kelsey remains intubated and in critical condition (as of November 19, when this reflection was submitted). Baby Lucy is home and doing well.

Even during this time of uncertainty, signs of hope are there. The community has come together to help financially support Kelsey and her family. Friends and family members are doing what they can to help care for them too. Through sharing one another’s burdens we can walk through even the most weary time together. Please pray for Kelsey, Lucy and their family, so Kelsey can fight this virus and come home. It is in extreme times like this where we are putting our hope in the Lord to work his miracles.

Psalm 62:8

Trust in Him at all times, pour out your heart to Him, for He is our refuge and strength.

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