Monday, August 18, 2008

Holding Us Up

Loved Ones,

This round has been a bit more difficult for Ray. More nausea than usual which is no fun! His doctor also thinks he has a mouth infection which may be impacting his taste even more than usual. It is easily treatable however, so we are getting to work on that.

Though tired, Ray walked to the pool with us today and watched the girls swim. We are making the most of the pool until Labor Day!

Ray's sister helped with the girls while we again worked on the many tasks of battling this disease. We are so grateful for our families. They gently bear our burdens with us, holding up our arms when they are tired.

This story from Exodus encouraged us today.

"The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites. Moses said to Joshua, "Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands." So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. When Moses' hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army.
Moses built an altar and called it The LORD is my Banner. He said, "For hands were lifted up to the throne of the LORD." Exodus 17:8-16

Thank you to all of you who hold up our
hands every day.

not alone and not afraid --
kristin and ray