Monday, March 29, 2010

Passover - Time for a Miracle

Tonight is Passover, and we celebrate the miracle of God as he freed the Jews from the bondage and hardship of slavery in Egypt. He sent our hero Moses to confront Pharaoh to "let me people go". And after some heavy convincing (or "punishments" as Dana calls them), the Jews are free. They still have some obstacles to overcome as they travel to the promised land, but the "good" do not falter and eventually they reach their destination.

We are not religious at all, but we are traditional and we do celebrate the Jewish holidays. I can not help but parallel the story of Passover to Brandon's current journey...

He too is suffering through a horrible hardship that is tearing his body apart. But his strong spirit and will to beat this (my hero) keeps fighting our villain. And I, together with all our friends and family are there shouting with all our might "Let him go! Let him be free of this!" Tomorrow help arrives in the form of a transplant. And the road ahead is long, and we will meet obstacles in our path, but the good (and Brandon is the BEST) will reach the ultimate destination - a FULL lifetime of health with his family.

So God - As you parted the sea for the Jews to cross through and drowned the Egyptian army, open Brandon's body to the new marrow, and drown any remaining cancer in the process. As you provided hope and signs when the Jews' belief weakened, provide hope to Brandon when the tough days present themselves. As you strengthened them in the desert and brought them home, strengthen Brandon and bring him home.

And next year, when we all sit down to read about the Jewish miracle of Passover, let us look back and recount our own very personal miracle of Passover.

Amen.

6 comments:

  1. Brandon,

    We're thinking about you today. God speed and I look forward to you kicking my ass in the NY marathon.

    Jeff

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  2. What a comparison....so well said Tal.
    He is in our prayers and thoughts all day...all the time.
    He will beat this...and I pray for you both to get the strenth you need to get through this tough time...
    We love you!

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  3. My eyes tear as I remember this same time for our daughter's transplant - so much bravery and strength is required, and you have my prayers for all it takes to begin healing: and for those new and good cells to grow and conquer!
    This is a cure, this is a cure, this is a cure - it will bring you all home together again.

    (from a friend of a friend)

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  4. Dear Taly and Brandon,

    Your strength and determination are an ongoing inspiration for all of us.

    We keep talking and thinking about you all the time.

    May this holiday of renewal, miracle and hope bring you, Brandon, the only thing we are all wishing you so much right now - a long and healthy life together with Taly, Dana and Koby.

    Robin, Tony, Mona

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