“LORD, He whom you love is sick…” John 11:3
This is Meridel, bringing you an update on Jay’s health situation. For those of you who do not get email updates, or any social media I want you to pray for my husband. It is a challenging time for our family and prayer has become a waking-sleeping; a LIVING experience. This is simply another step on the pathway to a richer life in the mercy and love of Almighty God. He must increase and we must decrease… Jn 3:30.
Today, Jay says: “I am resting in Him and trusting my life into the hands of the Royal Physician.” I, Meridel want to take this opportunity to share an over view of Jay’s life, followed by some quotes from friends. Thank you for praying and caring as you do. All of us are grateful.
I will begin by saying: “Divine Mercy has overshadowed Jay’s life from it’s very inception.” I believe as a result Jay grew up in to the abundant grace he was given. Today, he is known for his grace and loving kindness. Perhaps, the result of this character quality causes him to try and be and do too much for others?
Over the past almost three weeks, I have thought of our marriage vows… especially the words…
“in sickness and in health”. Well, ‘that time’ is here!’ Jay and I have been married 48 years and have known each other 50. Like many of you we have been so blessed with the opportunities granted to live life fully.
His history is unusual. Jay was a still birth. BUT his auntie Netta, the operating room nurse attending the Dr. in Jay’s mother’s Caesarean section; refused to give this child up! She fought for him to live by dipping his little blue body in alternate tubs of water… one warm, the other cold. After 20 minutes her prayers were answered and he took his first breath. He was born in prayer.
Jay’s father Victor Alloway Rawlings, was killed in action in Holland just days before W W 11 ended. He was just 14 months old at the time. But… he does have one love letter from this father whom he never met.
We left Canada in 1969 with our first son David 9 months old and came to Israel. We have never looked back. It was in 1975, while we were visiting Jewish communities in France that the next incident took place. We were house guests of a known doctor in Marseille. It was January and Jay and I with our sons ages 5, 3 and six months were to leave in the morning for Spain. The plan was to visit the Jewish Community in Catalonia and Madrid. That very night Jay died! Yes, it is true, and very well documented in fact. It was a horrible experience; but the L_RD G_d Almighty heard my cries and brought Jay back to life after 24
LONG minutes without a pulse. The doctor was shaken to his core… this was after he tried to stimulate Jay’s heart with shots of adrenalin and mouth to mouth resuscitation. We have a Father in heaven! The good Doctor insisted that the ambulance take Jay to the Military hospital in the city… immediately He was alive when he left the house. I wondered what I would find an hour later, there in Emergency. Eight doctors stood around his stretcher amazed at what they saw and heard. They gave us permission to take him home. We rested three days before going on to Spain. You will read about this in detail in the next volume of our life’s story, I have a photo of him. You will see that again, he received a merciful, creative miracle.
Over the years we have travelled to 120 nations; always seeking out the Jewish communities first and speaking to their leaders about the “call” to come home to Israel. This was before Christians understood the need to stand shoulder to shoulder with Israel. Some churches threw us out as heretics!
All was quiet heart-wise until May of 2011 when Jay was taken to the cardiac unit in the Jubilee Hospital in Victoria Canada for an angiogram. His heart was working overtime then, as it is now.
Then in July 2016 Jay was tested for a 24 hour period, again with a rapid heart beat. No conclusions were drawn until December 2016 when we took him to the Sharay Tezdek hospital in Jerusalem. He was tested over a week long stay; put to sleep twice. He heart was stopped and restarted. He was released to strict rest, and a regiment of medications and tests with the general diagnosis of “heart failure”.
A Professor of cardiology, demanded a month of complete rest. Jay is home with us, but without strength. Today, our family physician said, “His heart is unstable and needs to be monitored.” He is in a serious condition and after more tests and will be reassessed again.