From holiday eve, to holiday eve, Joud arrived in Israel on the eve of Yom Kippur, the solemn day of atonement. She has been cared for during this sweet joyful time of Sukkot, and beautifully, her time here in the hospital is completed on the eve of Simchat Torah.
Deutoronomy 16.15, ends with the words “you will be completely joyous”, and really this is a promise which has come true for the grandma of Joud. She called me as soon as she saw me today and asked me to take a picture of Joud as she is looking so beautiful now. She asked me please to share her beautiful grand daughter with everyone, as she is so grateful for the healing which she has seen in this tiny little life.
It was a bit of a scramble of a day with organising the discharge from hospital amongst other things, and I was especially excited because we had read this morning in Isaiah 30.15, which includes the words:
For thus says the Lord God , the Holy One of Israel: “In returning and rest you shall be saved; In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.”
So, it was a blessing to remember that in the face of many many unknowns, and things to bring into order, we can trust fully in God to bring His own plans about, we only need to be still.
Thank God that he has brought lovely Joud into good health after only a few days, and we are praying for her to be blessed as she goes back home to be with her family.