The past three weeks have been very hectic with little time for anything as my dad's fairly routine knee replacement surgery turned bad....a few blood transfusions, low blood pressure, kidney issues are just the beginning of it. After a week of not being able to get our of bed with any real success he developed a pretty horrendous bed sore that has caused much worry and grief. Fortunately my wonderful sister showed up (she is a trained LPN) to make some of the 'corrections' in his care that have made a world of difference and dad is now up and moving pretty good although the wound on his back will take months to heal properly. It has been an emotional rollercoaster for a variety of reasons and today I am feeling the crack in my armour.
Family dynamics are always quite unique...ours is right up there and it can make dealing with crisis a navigational challenge. Tonight as I reflect on the journey thus far I was blessed with a memory that helps make it easier...
" I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" Phil 4:13
...as I type I can hear the sweet voice of my amazing grandma softly reminding me that it is God who carries us through tough emotional times. This was her mantra, followed by a gentle "if God is for you, then who can be against you". Funny how quickly we can forget this...amazing that God is gracious enough to allow me to hear her say it tonight when I am in desperate need of stability. Grandma Rose, how grateful I am for you and all you taught me, how much I love you still, how wonderful that even though you have been gone for 18 years, tonight when I needed a hug it came from you, my best friend ever!