Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever. Amen! Ephesians 3:20-22
My friends, I can not begin to describe in words what this past week has been like. I tried on Sunday when I shared at church what has been going on. It came out in broken sobs though. I feel like in the past two weeks we have both been taken to the brink of hell wondering if we were going to lose our daughter, and to the brink of heaven being surrounded by those who love Christ and love us.
I'm not certain I have ever felt more loved in all of my life though. We have had meals and gift cards given. People calling to see how we are and if we need anything. Offers of places to stay in Chicago. There have been people who have blogged about Abigail to get the word out locally, in other states, and even in other countries. Our friends have posted, re-posted, and keep re-posting her fundraiser. And all of these things are accompanied with kind words about our daughter and our family. I would be interested to know just how many people are lifting us up before the throne. Just thinking about it all makes me both smile and cry all at the same time.
And the money feels like it is starting to pour in. Last week I felt almost hopeless when the figure we needed to end with went higher. I was overwhelmed with numbers and the impossibility of it all. But I serve a God who can do immeasurably more than I could ask or imagine. And I found myself confessing and apologizing to God for my doubt. I had a hard time believing that we would be able to get what we needed before we drove to Chicago.
Because His power is at work in people though, I have seen the numbers rise faster than I could ever have imagined. I don't even know how to thank people. A card with 'thank you' written in it feels not enough. How do you thank people for bringing about hope in a new and beautiful way? How do you thank people for being able to watch your child continue to walk, dance, play at the park, and hopefully some day run? I am certain that words are limiting in this situation.
None the less. Thank you. Thank you for giving of your time, your facebook pages, your tweets, your blogs, and your financial resources. I am overwhelmed with the graciousness of you all. I must indeed by one of the most blessed women alive to have as many amazing people in my life as I do.