Friday, September 12, 2008

The Eye of Storm

Loved Ones,

As you know, usually when I use a title like that it is figurative. Today literal! Almost! We are here in Texas. We left even earlier than we had planned, packing up in about 45 minutes after hearing that airports may be closed tomorrow due to Hurricane Ike! So here we are!

We are thankful that we arrived safely, and we are praying that MD Anderson, which is currently shut down, will be open in time for our appointment on Monday. And, that we can get there! We've heard horror stories about the traffic after hurricanes. But we are here. And we are determined.

If MD Anderson is closed on Monday, our appointment will slide to Thursday. This would be a bummer because we would then have our follow up on the following Monday 9/22, potentially delaying chemo even farther.

Though Ray is always glad for the break, we don't want to give our enemy any foothold!

So we pray for God's perfect timing for all!

We also pray for God's restoration for Ray. A special friend who arranged our travel made it incredibly easy, flexible free tickets, no lines, so it went so smoothly. We are so very grateful! But Ray was tired from his low hemoglobin already! So we pray restoration and protection from any illnesses, especially while his body builds up the white blood cells.

The plane ride here was one of the bumpiest I've been on. As I held on to the edge of my seat and put on a smiling face for the girls, I reflected on the purpose of the bumps. Well, they get my attention! They focus my prayer! But it was when the ride grew calmer that I saw what I think is another purpose. They increase our joy. Those sweet little sleeping faces. All four! Joy. And when the bumps subside, we feel the joy all the more dearly.

Oh, our prayer, for the bumps to subside!

"Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you. To whom will you compare me or count me equal? To whom will you liken me that we may be compared? Isaiah 46:4-5

not alone and not afraid --

kristin and ray

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