Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Thank You Father April 26, 2011 Update on Riley

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John 11 When Jesus raised Lazurus from the dead:

(40) Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”

(41) So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me.

We thank Him because we know He has heard us, we just don’t yet know how His answer will come.

Riley has been feeling better. Her cough, pain, dizziness, and shortness of breath have been resolved now for more than a week. She enjoyed spring break and returned to school yesterday. You wouldn’t know anything was wrong or different with her right now, and we are thankful. So thankful!

Is this relief temporary or permanent? When will we know? It feels like we are floating just above the surface of the water - weary and fearful of sinking and at times barely breathing. So what do we do? - We keep our eyes on the Lord for He will keep us safe and afloat just as He did Peter. However in this “normal” world it is tough to maintain complete focus on God, so we are thankful for those who help us concentrate on Him.

We have heard rumors are milling again that Riley has only weeks to live. We don’t know where, how or why these rumors start. We don’t have the energy to search them out again and ask that you trust that we will tell you of any dramatic changes. We have been so exhausted, trying to live in the “normal” world and enjoying her improvement that we didn’t have the energy to write an update last week. We were also waiting for her improvement to be stable for some time to avoid confusing everyone with potential changing information day to day. We thank everyone for your prayers and concern for Riley and our family.

We shared last time that we had found comfort in the song “Through the Storm”. We have found a new song and it has kept us going: “Are you Ready for a Miracle?” - As ready as I can be!

We don’t know what to expect. We do know what we want. We know what we fear. We know He is with us even though otherwise this is truly a very isolated place to be. It is hard to talk to each other about all of this. Even harder to talk to others.

Please help us pray for some others children we have come to know and grown to love: Ashley, Meghan, Dustan, Michael, Elijah, Bayleigh, Taylor, Abigail, Franklin, Kally, and many more who we have met throughout our journey with cancer.

Friends have begun a prayer chain for Riley. It is simply to recite The Our Father at 9 pm nightly. Please join with us in prayer. We thank all who continue to pray for us and support us in various ways - you are those who help us concentrate on Him. Thanks! But most importantly we give thanks and praise to God who is all deserving. We will never be ale to thank Him enough for all He has done and continues to do for each of us, but let us try by starting today with a prayer of Thanks and Praise!

Thank You Father, Kirk and Kelly