Pastor Stephen's Blog
Friday, June 24 2022
Today was a great day for the McKernan Family! Thank you all for your continued prayers!
Scott was discharged from Rehab today, and his first stop was to visit Mom - Mrs. Jina. It has been more than 5 weeks since they have seen one another, and today, they were reunited! The attached pictures that the family took definitely captured the moment! They both had intense stories to share with one another, which included emergent, ambulance rides to two different Emergency Rooms, Hospital Admissions with Intensive Care Units stays, and a lot of surgery to boot (Especially Scott!)! Even though it has been a roller coaster ride with a lot of ups and downs for the McKernan Family, the Lord has not failed them! He has never left their sides!!
Deuteronomy 31 : 6 says:
"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified, for the Lord your God goes with you;
He will never leave you or forsake you."
This reunion between Mom and Son could not have been anymore awesome! Angie McKernan said, "They were soooo happy! It was so sweet." Now that Scott has crossed the threshold to the door of his own home, not only does he recognize the blessing, but he can see just how far the Lord is willing to go with him. Please continue to pray for Scott and the McKernan Family. They have made it home, but there is still a lot of recovering to do. Thank you in advance for your prayers!
Saturday, June 18 2022
Tuesday, June 14 2022
Good afternoon everyone.
A specialist visited Scott regarding the continued problems he is having with his left hand. It was confirmed that he did sustain a severe injury to his wrist and hand at the time of the accident. The plan is for him to have surgery on his left wrist on Wednesday morning (6/15/22) to fix the problem. The surgery is called a proximal row carpectomy and a carpal tunnel release. This will free up some room in there to allow the nerve to be free from compression, and prayerfully it will relieve him of the burning in his palm and his middle 3 fingers on the left side. This surgery has a 6 week recovery. Unrelated - it is believed he will be in rehab approximately 2 more weeks.
Thank you in advance for your prayers for Scott and your continued prayers for the McKernan family.
Tuesday, June 14 2022
I completely understand a lot of people want to move on as if this pandemic is over and Covid is a thing of the past. In a sense, it has calmed down for a time, but the numbers of those infected now are increasing all around us, but I'm not hearing of any precautions, warnings or updates as we have heard so many times before. Well, guess what happened yesterday? I had an elderly lady in my office telling me her story, and it helped remind me that Covid is still lingering, that this demonic disease and this total mess of a virus has not finished it's nasty course just yet! This precious women lost her husband in May of 2022 to this terrible disease, and although he was not 100% healthy, he was triple vaccinated, and he had not completely recovered from his chemotherapy and radiation treatment for lung cancer. This stupid virus had more to say in their steadfast, Christian lives. Mr. Gary made it all the way through chemo and radiation for lung cancer treatment, and he even rang the bell in accomplishment of toughing it out and finishing his course in faith, only to succumb to this demonic virus that has been so eager to wreck the lives of anyone it can!
I am here to tell you "Keep Fighting!" "Do Not Give Up!" Our fight is not over!! You will know when the fight is over, so in the meantime fight the good fight of faith like never before! Stand Firm in the Word of God, and Trust that He will Redeem You! He will Relieve You once and for all when the time comes, and I do not believe it is too far in the distant future! He is not finished with His work here on earth especially in the Age of Grace that we are living in! He will let us know WHEN that time comes, so in the meantime, we have to keep fighting, we have to keep perservering, we have to keep being the salt and the light, and we have to keep leading people in the right direction and that is up!
Please continue to pray for the lost in Jesus' Name, and strive to leave your mark on this earth for His Glory!
Wednesday, June 08 2022
Wednesday, June 01 2022
I was able to check in on Scott McKernan this evening as he is recovering from his accident that occurred two weeks ago tonight. He moved to rehab this past Sunday, and they have been working with him since then, in order to strengthen him and help him return to baseline. Although he suffered some major injuries especially to his right femur and his left shoulder, apparently he has severe carpal tunnel syndrome causing terrible burning pain to his left hand. Please be praying that the Lord will put this fire out in Jesus’ name, so that he can rest and focus more on his recovery.
I have attached a picture of us together and him with his new prayer quilt - compliments of the Piecemakers at Live Oak Church! The quilt and the love that came with it, really encouraged him, and the horse-pattern and horse-power that came with it really refueled him for a continued good fight of faith on the rehabilitation unit! He and Angie wanted to thank everybody for their prayers and support during this trying time.
Update on Mrs. Jina - She is doing much better. She was able to go home over the weekend, and things seem to be moving in the right direction now. Thank you all for your prayers. Please keep them up now and in the days to come.