a debtor to mercy alone

Every morning that breaks
There are mercies anew
Every breath that I take
Is your faithfulness provedAt the end of each day
When my labors are through
I will sing of your mercies anew
And when the storms swirl and rage
There are mercies anew
In affliction and pain
You will carry me through
And at the end of my days
When your throne fills my view
I will sing of Your mercies anew

This post has nothing to do with photography - at all. I've been reading the blogs of the parents of these two beautiful children - Alivia and Micah. Both are incredibly sick (one has leukemia and the other a brain tumor). I don't actually know them, but reading about the incredible trials these families are going through has really been heartbreaking - and also has made me extremely grateful. When I came home from school today, I cried when I read Alivia's moms' post.

Here is a part of it:

I'm tired. I want to go home.
I want to take a real shower that hasn't been used by strangers.

I want to cook for myself and my family.
I want to have a vacuum. I want to check my answering machine.
I want to go to the grocery store.
I want to stand in my closet and figure out what to wear.
I want to take Alivia outside and let her play and run and be normal.
I want my baby to be healthy.
I don't want to discuss if she needs another blood-transfusion or which anti-fungal medicine to put her on or how much morphine she needs to be comfortable.
I want to bake a cake and sing "Happy Birthday" and let her get icing from head-to-toe.
I want her hair back. I want this all to be over.

Almost every post she asks for prayer. So, please, pray pray pray for Alivia and Micah. I know what it is like to have someone you love be sick, but I cannot imagine what it must be like as a mother or father. Please pray.

Their blogs are:
(pictures are credited to each child's mom)


  1. ellie19.3.07

    I will be praying like never before.
    God will work for our good and His glory!

  2. Thanks Kristen. Def brought tears to my eyes and reminded me of how caught up in my life and difficulties i can get. I have so much to learn about trusting the Lord, and it is humbling to watch how these families respond to trial. Needed this post today!

  3. ellie19.3.07

    did you get the pictures I sent??

  4. Anonymous20.3.07

    you changed the format! *sob sniff*

    oh well.


  5. thank so much for posting this!
    i do know Micah and his family very well and I know they appreciate all the prayers. They really are a very humble, trusting, and joyful family too. very encouraging!


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