2It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the LORD, and the excellency of our God.
3Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees.
4Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you.
5Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
6Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert.
7And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes.
8And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.
9No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there:
10And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
Someone asked me if we had any verses that we especially identified with Katya. I very quickly started to have Isaiah 35, verse 1 pop into my mind. I went and looked it up and thought that the rest would be worth sharing too. There are verses in there that are meaningful as I think about the aodption process we are personally passing through. But here's the part that makes me think about Katya--" . . the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. It shall blooms abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the Lord, and the excellency of our God." I know these verses are not referring specifically to an individual, but to me they feel applicable. I believe that Katya will unfold as a person, just as a rose does, when she gets the proper medical attention and the love and support of a family. Do I think that she's going to be able to become typical? I don't know--and does that really matter?? Maybe . . . a little bit . . . but in the long-term scheme of life . . .not, not really. What IS important is that she be given a chance to be as much as she can be with God's help . . . and that is what we are going to strive for!