I know no one expects a thank you card from us right now, but we want to make sure each person knows how much we appreciate your thoughtfulness.
So we say a very sincere "thank you" to each of you who have reached out to us with a gift, even if it is a simple card with words of encouragement. It helps tremendously in the practical sense but also in knowing we aren't alone in this.
There's a cool story in the bible where Moses is trying to keep his arms and staff raised up so that the Israelites can remain victorious in battle. Eventually, his arms get too tired but every time he lowers them, the battle turns and the Israelites start getting beaten. His two friends, Aaron and some other guy I can't remember right now, stand with him and each hold up an arm. Although Mark and I can't compare ourselves to Moses, you all are our arm-holding friends. When we feel like we are being defeated by despair and exhaustion, one of you steps in to hold us up and help us toward victory.