We are in one such season. The short list includes, but not limited to:
Gram. Her health is declining. While none of us knows the hour, we can lean a little on statistics for the hope of many more years, but we no longer have that luxury with her. She's tired. Her body is weak. We all know what is to come, the question is when. Her health has declined about four times since last summer and each time she surprises us all with a mighty comeback, but each time takes a little more out of her. The strain of not knowing is heavy for me, as I watch her sleep more and do less.
Scott. Just a few weeks ago he had a simple procedure to remove a cancer spot on his ear go terribly bad, and now, has an almost identical spot on his other ear. The appointment is next week and should also be a simple procedure, but given the last time, you can understand our trepidation this time around.
A friend. We have friends in a foster care situation that shows the frustrating side of this system. It's not my story to give details about, but reminds me of the time we thought we might lose Timothy. The heartbreak and helplessness that goes with that is indescribable.While this is not our struggle to bear, I am bearing this hurt with her and am burdened for her and her family.
Our Father, who art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day, our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not, into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory forever. Amen.