A Mercy Heart was presented to the Shands Hospital ICU Unit 87 staff in Gainesville, Florida, at the request of LCC donor, Gail. Gail requested a Mercy Heart on behalf of her brother, Bill, who had spent 292 days in ICU after a double lung transplant. The heart was given to the ICU staff out of tremendous gratitude from both Gail and Bill who have been shown “blessing after blessing”.
As Gail put it, “The nurses, therapists, surgeons, pulmonologists, cleaning people, people who deliver the meals. So many people we have gotten to love and share God’s love and presence. There are no words to thank these incredible people. Their competence, patience, love, friendship, and compassion that we have received is just beyond words”.
Gail and Bill’s requested scripture verse on the heart was Deuteronomy 31:6 which reads “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid, for the Lord is with you”.
Gail also adds, “My brother is doing well now. With God’s grace, he WILL get out of the hospital. He is my hero with his determination, faith, and love for the Lord”.
Lutheran Church Charities (LCC) was saddened to hear about the death of Michael Lang (18) of La Grange, Illinois, who died after a long battle with Covid-19. Michael was the son of Kady Lang, who was an apprentice trainer with Lutheran Church Charities in Northbrook, Illinois.
LCC trainers and apprentice trainers gathered to sign a Heart of Mercy & Compassion that was given to Kady and her family at Michael's visitation last week. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Angel (St. John's - La Grange, Illinois), Eve (St. John's - Lombard, Illinois), Hannah (LCC Staff), Chloe (Lord of Life - Elburn, Illinois), Tobias (Lord of Glory - Grayslake, Illinois), and LCC K-9 Comfort Dog-in-Training Hagar with their handlers and trainers were present at the visitation bringing mercy and compassion to those mourning Michel's death.
"So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy." John 16:22 22