Hello All and Merry Christmas from the Ross Family!
We hope this season finds you and yours well. I don’t have much to report by way of “Amos Updates” but I wanted to hop on here and share a holiday tradition and an invitation to participate!
This time of year is very special for us as we remember Amos entering into his last round of chemotherapy right around this time 4 years ago. It was a time of such intense waiting and longing as we watched him suffer through the painful effects of chemotherapy. It’s something people have said “a parent should never have to see their child suffer through.” And yet we don’t hold any of the experiences we’ve had and the suffering that we’ve walked through as something beneath, beyond, or apart from God’s plan for our family and for Amos. As painful as it is and was, we know that the Lord was with us through it all and we are grateful.
A CHRISTMAS TRADITION
Over the last 4 years, Amos has spent one Christmas and two Christmas Eves in the hospital. We remember what it’s like to spend the holidays in the hospital and we are thankful for the amazing ways that staff encouraged us. In memory, our family has dropped off gifts for children in the hospital at Christmastime for the last 3 years. This year, Amos and Luke’s school friends have participated by bringing gifts that we will deliver on Friday, December 20th.
We also wanted to invite any of you to participate in this with us. We’ve made a simple Amazon wish list of books that especially provide spiritual encouragement to families who find themselves in the hospital over the holidays. If you feel led, we invite you to join in this with us! Anything you purchase from the list above will be shipped to our house and we will deliver to the hospital. Thanks for considering!
Here’s a photo of the boys picking out some books (helmets not necessary)
Lastly, I know we aren’t the only ones to associate the holidays with some difficult memories so I want to encourage you with these verses today:
Psalm 22: 4, 11 says,
“In you our father’s trusted; they trusted , and you delivered them. To you they cried and were rescued; in you they trusted and were not put to shame…be not far from me, for trouble is near, and there is none to help.”
“But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord because he has dealt bountifully with me.”
Luke 2: 10-11,
“And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
Praise the Lord that Christ has come! God Bless and Merry Christmas. Love,
Kelli, Will, Amos, Luke, Sam, and Phoebe