Thursday, August 9, 2012

A New Normal

Sgt. Jesse McCart
“O LORD my God, I called to you for help and you healed me.” Psalm 30:2
Normally in this spot each week, I post Writers’ Corner—encouragement and tips for aspiring writers. We all have days where life doesn’t cooperate, and this was one of those days for me. God works everything for our good and His glory, so I felt led to set aside what I had started writing and instead share an update on the U.S. soldier we’ve been praying for.
In a span of a few seconds, Sgt. Jesse McCart’s life and that of his family changed forever. 
Jesse and two other U.S. soldiers stepped on an IED in Afghanistan on July 30, and were seriously injured. Jesse lost part of both legs. He arrived in the United States on a ventilator and in critical condition. He has made remarkable progress in the last week and a half. 
His family has graciously shared these photos of him.
According to the latest family update today, Jesse will be moved into a private room from ICU as soon as the room is ready. He slept last night the whole night which they rejoice for since he has had difficulty sleeping. Sleep is so important for his recovery. His pain is still an issue and the doctors are trying different medications to see what will be effective. He has continued physical therapy and is able to get in and out of a wheelchair. To quote his wife, “We definitely have a long road in front of us, but we have gotten a great start!”

We all face uncertainty in our lives, and none of us are guaranteed tomorrow. Hug someone you love. Forgive someone who doesn’t deserve it. Ask God to help you love that person you feel is unlovable.
Thank you to all the prayer warriors who’ve joined in prayer for Jesse and his family. I will keep you posted as I get updates. If you have a prayer request, please leave it in the comment section or email me. My contact info is above. I’ve love to pray for your needs. 
God bless,
© Laura Hodges Poole


  1. Thanks for the update Laura! Will continue to pray for this, and other military families.

    1. You're welcome, Cyn. I appreciate your faithful praying, as I'm sure Jesse's family does. God bless.

  2. We would love to pray for him! Thank you for sharing his story.