Tuesday, May 24, 2011

You raise me up!

One of the first days Clara started not feeling well, about 3 weeks ago, she was laying on the couch and asked for me to put "church song" on the TV. After some trial and error I realized what she meant. Music and the Spoken Word. I can't tell you how many times she's sat and watched the slew of episodes recorded on the DVR.  

This first one we watched, Standing on Shoulders, the men sang "You Raise Me Up," I was overcome with the power and spirit of the song and replayed it at least 5 times. Little did I know at the time, how it would apply to my life in the future. As the news has been spread and so many people, some whom I don't even know, have reached out, offered prayers on our behalf, and given so much, the words to that song have come to my mind hundreds of times. You raise me up! All of you, in a powerful and comforting way. We will forever be indebted to you. We have learned much of what being Christlike means and want to be better because of your examples. 

I wish you all could hear her sweet and tender thank-yous that she often expresses to us and those treating her. Share in the small moments when we see glimpses of the Clara who wasn't sick. Witness her calm and peaceful disposition despite the disease that is threatening her fragile body. These are the tender mercies that we are blessed with and are a witness to us of a loving Heavenly Father who is mindful of us and Clara amidst  this trial.
 
We have great hope for Clara. The miracles of modern medicine, the talent of doctors and the prayers and faith of everyone will help our Clara to be well again. While we wouldn't choose to have this trial, we know there are lessons and experiences that will be for our good.

xoxoNatasha

13 comments:

MichelleB said...

Thinking of you all!!! Little Clara sounds like a strong valiant girl. Stay strong!!! So many prayers are headed your way.

Anonymous said...

Tosh, I just barely got wind of Clara being ill. Thinking of you guys and will keep you in our prayers. love ya, daishan

Ben and Alissa said...

Hey Natasha - I'm not on facebook but Molly has been kind enough to keep me up to date on your posts. We are praying for your sweet, little Clara and your family. *BIG HUGS!*

[M] said...

Natasha you have amazing strength. Sending lots of love and prayers your way...

Hauni said...

We are praying for your little Clara so hard right now. She is lucky to have such a strong and faithful family around her. Thank you for your great example. We love you:)

Brenda said...

Wish I knew what to say to make you all feel better. I know you will be blessed. You have always been such a good mother, she is lucky to have you and Brian. We pray for you all often.

debsters said...

I am pretty sure that this is where we all need to be during trials and I also know that usually it takes a while to get to this point of amazing attitude and positive outlook. You are handling yourself with great strength and are an example to all. Clara is blessed to have you lovingly helping her through this trial.

Britanny said...

You are an amazing mama! You guys are constantly in my thoughts and prayers...

::lindsay said...

Natasha, you are amazing! You guys are such an example to all of us. We will be praying for sweet Clara. Keep in touch!

NaDell said...

We are thinking and praying for you too. I love that she was wanting to listen to church music when she was sick.

Krista said...

Natasha, you have such a beautiful way with words. You are an amazing woman and I am so happy that you chose Brian to share the joys and the sorrows of your life with. You are such a wonderful example to me.

Nicole Church said...

Although you don't know me, it seems that we have a few mutual friends--so we have heard about your little Clara. We are sending so many prayers and hugs your way for her strength and yours...

Paradise said...

Reading your blog has humbled Bethany and I to tears again, after 4 years have passed since our William was declared in remission. It is so easy to forget how many miracles came from God's hands in loving intervention, as they will surely come now in behalf of Clara.
You are absolutely right when you say you have great hope for Clara. YOU SHOULD! As I am sure that our Heavenly Father's most perfect blessings are reserved for your perfectly innocent, Clara.
And she will "...raise you up." You will be better parents, better people and more valuable servants of our Heavenly Father as result of seeing Clara fight through it all. I have always said it would have been easier for me to have fought the cancer myself, than to watch my child suffer through it. You will gain a greater appreciation for what Abraham must of felt. What a blessing these children are to us!! Our sincere prayers are with you all. Thank you for sharing with us.
Curtis Godfrey