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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Across the Pacific Again!

Next Saturday, Feb. 27th, Rebekah will turn 1! After the flight tomorrow, she will have flown over 25,000 miles in her first year of life. When we returned to Hong Kong in December, Anne and I both said we hope it would be another year or two before we had to make the trip again. Well, it has been two and a half months, and tomorrow we go back across the Pacific. It is going to be long and stressful with Sarah's condition so please keep us in your prayers.

We leave Hong Kong with heavy hearts. Not just because of Sarah, but because we feel Hong Kong is home. We will miss everyone in Hong Kong and will continue to pray for these islands. Yesterday over 75,000 people gathered at a temple to see what their fortune would be this year, the year of the tiger... 75,000 people who are placing their trust in random drawings of sticks and other ceremonies. We are trying to understand why God would take us back to the U.S. when so many filled with hopelessness are walking around Hong Kong hurting to know the One who is Hope. Anne and I trust that God's purpose is good and that our time in the U.S. is one to bring our family closer together to return stronger than ever. But our hearts are heavy because we know we have no control over the timing and ability to return. So much is unknown which is not any different than when Sarah was healthy, but now it is so apparent in our daily lives. In the end, we know the only place of certainty is in the shadow of the Almighty.

Over the last few days, I have been listening to a new CD given to me. It is called Church Music by David Crowder Band. There is a song titled "Shadows". This song has brought me closer to Jesus over the last few days and I rejoice. The words are:
Life is full of
light and shadow
O the joy and O the sorrow
O the sorrow

And yet will He bring
Dark to light
And yet will He bring
Day from night

When shadows fall on us
We will not fear
We will remember

When darkness falls on us
We will not fear
We will remember

When all seems lost
When we're thrown
and we're tossed
We remember the cost
We rest in Him
Shadow of the cross

The next blog will be from our new home in Allen, Texas, USA. Blessings, Jay

1 comment:

Angelina Talley said...

An Old Irish Blessing

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.


Farewell Clarks, we will miss you and be praying for you. Most especially today that you have a quick and painless trip back Stateside.

Love,
Matt, Angie and Malia

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