To a land that I will show you

Day 104
From Debbie Friedman’s song
L’chi Lach:
L’chi lach, to a land that I will show you
Lech l’cha, to a place you do not know
L’chi lach, on your journey I will bless you
And you shall be a blessing, l’chi lach.
In the opening of this week’s Torah portion—Lech Lecha Genesis 12:1-17:27—G-d instructs Abraham to take his family and leave his native land and his father’s house for a land that G-d would show him, promising to make of him a great nation, bless him, and make his name great. Abraham had to put his complete faith in G-d, to trust that he and his family would be guided to this land.
Nearly sixteen years ago, Scott, Zakary and I made a journey from the West Coast and moved to Cincinnati. We left our extended families behind and created a new life in Loveland, Ohio. We welcomed two more children to our family. For the most part, the years have been wonderful for us; aside from missing our families tremendously, we have built our roots here and made beautiful friendships and connections within our community.
Today, we are on a new journey. Referring to the lyrics in Debbie Friedman’s song, this journey is leading us to a place we do not know. We have put our faith in G-d, and we trust that we will be shown a new land of healing, of strength, of hope.
An update on Ethan:
It appears the procedure to blast away the kidney stone was successful, although Ethan continues to baffle the doctors with other pains that make him very uncomfortable. If there is a medical test, Ethan has had it, as the doctors look to find the source of his discomfort. We were encouraged the other day, as the doctors were making their rounds, when Ethan shared one of his rare smiles and laughs, and this instantly perked up the mood in his room.
Home modifications are underway as we prepare our first floor for Ethan’s homecoming. We think he may be discharged from the hospital toward the end of October and we are in high gear to get most everything ready. We are being supported by an amazing team of devoted volunteer builders who are giving their time and expertise to create a space that will accommodate Ethan’s current and future needs. We appreciate all of their hard work and the passion they bring to this project. We also share our gratitude to the companies that have offered to donate supplies. We feel blessings pouring in from all around, and to say it leaves us emotionally raw at times is an understatement.
May we all find strength on our journeys,

Alexia and Scott
For those interested in helping directly with Ethan’s medical needs and expenses – tax deductible contributions can be made at HelpHOPELive which support Ethan directly