Sunday, December 02, 2007

The Messiah

This afternoon Paul and I had a real treat. We heard Paul Burton singing the Christmas portion of the Messiah at the Jefferson Center. There were auditions for the Roanoke Symphony Chorus in the fall and he was chosen as one of about 35 people to sing today. There were eighty people who auditioned. Since it is one of my very favorites, I was so happy Paul Burton was chosen and could be a part of it. Our friends stayed at our home with Katy and Qavah, then Colin and Jenn were able to come over later and stayed with them until we got home. It was a real treat to get out and enjoy the day with friends. It was also glorious music and when the choir belted out, “And His name shall be called wonderful, counselor, almighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of peace,” my soul wanted to stand and cheer!

Please continue to pray for Katy’s health to improve. Her body is not responding to her Remicade treatment as it has in the past. She is also feeling very tired, and feels like her iron level is low again. We have an appointment at the hematologist’s office tomorrow afternoon. She is also having trouble with bleeding again. When I heard her crying in her room tonight, I went in to visit her and she shared with me how her sorrow is overwhelming at this time. I am so thankful for her candid openness with us. It is late but Paul and I are going to take her a snack and sit on her bed to talk for awhile. I’m so thankful that she can receive our love and compassion rather than push us away in despair.

  1. Candice and Crystal Says:

    Dear Katy,

    Our hearts are saddened tonight reading your mom’s update on your health. What a discouragement it must be for you to not be feeling any better after your recent remicade treatment. We will be praying for the bleeding to stop and that your doctors appointment will be beneficial tomorrow. Please keep us posted as we continue to hold you in our thoughts and prayers.

    Good Night!! Love, Candice & Crystal

  2. Patricia Hagsten Says:

    What sadness I had, when reading that the Remicade response isn’t going as well as in the past.
    The 1st Sunday of Advent. What a wonderful way to begin the season! Was anybody able to tape the Roanoke Symphony’s performace for you? Here in KC we have often attended the professional performance, with 4 paid soloists, at the RLDS auditorium in Independence and we’re proud that our local high school always performs it each December, allowing all former choir members to return and “join in” during the performance.
    I’ve been sad to see that so many folks remain seated for the H. Chorus, though. Good grief! If British royalty stands out of awe and inspiration, should we do less?
    Hope your harp music has arrived safely by now~~

  3. Sandy Says:

    I’m so sorry to hear that Katy is not doing well. I hope the hematologist can offer some help this afternoon. Katy is definitely in my prayers.

    I’m glad you got to the Messiah, and how awesome that Paul Burton was singing! I was at the Messiah yesterday as well — they do the whole thing here with a 200 person choir, full orchestra, etc. It was amazing! I took deep breaths every time the choir sang, trying to breathe in the music and the message.


  4. Barbara Walker Says:

    Dear Katy,

    So sorry that you’re still not up to snuff! You are a precious chosen one and we are all praying and pulling for you! Call me when you feel better and are up to another bible study.

    Love in Christ,


  5. Lillian Oliveira Says:

    I am grieving for you, Katy. I was kind of shouting to the Father tonight, writing in caps in my devotional diary! begging Him to do something for you. We know that it is in His power - for with Him nothing is impossible. And we know that “He does not willingly afflict men”, nor allow His children to be afflicted UNLESS HIS PURPOSE IS AN EXTREMELY IMPORTANT AND HOLY ONE. We know is is always here with us, yet sometimes we cannot sense in Presence, yet we continue to trust and persevere and hang on, crying with sorrow and misery and pain, yet I know you will hold on and He will keep holding you. I don’t know whether I’ve told you that when things were so terribly bad for me with my step-daughters, the Lord reminded me that He has prepared me for battle, for endurance, and also reminded me that though He knew just how hard every struggle would be, and how long the days and months and years of endurance, that HE TRUSTED ME TO ENDURE IT, REMAINING FAITHFUL. It is a great compliment from our Father to be trusted to endure long and difficult things. Hold on to the promises He has given you - in His Word, and in His personal appearances to you. Remember them one by one with your folks, and keep looking onward and upward. A great company of people on earth are praying for you, and no doubt, a great company in heaven as well. May the hematologist have found a way to help, and may tomorrow be a better day. Much love, Aunt Lil Oh! And I also went and heard the Messiah sung yesterday afternoon, at First Free Methodist Church by Seattle Pacific University (alma mater for Uncle Tony, Aunt Lois and Uncle Rick!)