This will be my last post for the next few days, I'll explain why in just a moment. First things first though.
Thursday, May 17th 2007 my brother and his wife will celebrate 10 years of marriage. Congratulations you two. I'd be the very first person to shake her head and say marriage was too much trouble and frustration. But you both jumped in, and stuck with it. Despite the fact that I know you both drive each other nuts sometimes. 10 years, or 3,650 days, or 87,600 hours later you're still together. I'm proud of you both and hope you have a lifetime such anniversaries. Thank you for my niece and nephew. And thank you for all the years you allowed me to live with you and be a part of that family.
Sunday, May 20th, 2007 that very same brother is turning 30. I can't believe it. 30. 30. You're about to finish your college degree and that amazes me. I don't know all the things you went through, but I do know how overwhelmed your mind got a few times with all the numbers (his major was accounting). I'm proud of you for finishing, and I'll be praying that God opens up the perfect accounting job for you to get that year of experience in before you take the CPA exam.
Now, moving on the blog related stuff.
It is 2am, and I am up at an hour that I have always deemed to be ungodly. Shortly, I will pick up my parents and we will head to the VA hospital in Dallas, Tx. where at some point today they will remove his cancer ridden prostate. I'm already amazed at Gods handiwork, but the idea that human beings, can open up other human beings and just take organs out never ceases to leave me awestruck. God is an amazing God. The fact that He gave man the idea and ability to understand His creation enough to figure out what organs you can rip out, which organs you can splice with someone elses donated organ, simply floors me. I can easily imagine Him, sitting on His throne, watching with an amused smile while we discover yet one more thing we can learn from just one drop of blood. He is amazing. And today, my dad will be placed at the mercy of those instruments of God, with their God given talents. And in doing so, by Gods mercy, a measure of health will be restored to my dad. Today, even at this ungodly hour, I know it is a good, and God-filled, day.
The stress of this upcoming surgery though, has made my mothers alzheimers far more noticeable. She is, thankfully, in the early stages, but her confusion has multiplied in the last few weeks since this surgery was announced. I wonder what the hours today are going to bring me with her condition. I'm praying I find the right balance between distracting her and helping time pass, and still not overwhelming her poor mind. I hope I don't get frustrated hearing the same things, or having to say the same things over and over again. And I pray I have the right words to say when she cries.
I need God to do a special work today. And I'm grateful already, because I know that He will. It's going to be a long day, and the hours ahead are going to be tiresome, but God is going to be with me all this long day. He is a trusted Friend and welcome comfort. He is the breath of peace and clarity that my mother needs. He is the strength of calm and healing that my dad needs. He is the wisdom and compassion that I need. He Is. And that is good enough.
I am always a little surprised every single day when I look at my meter that tells me how many people have visited my blog that day. I’m a foolish 26, and I don’t imagine that my random thoughts and ideas are profound or even original. Yet a small collection of you come back day after day. Thank you. Thank you for reading.
We'll be staying in Dallas until my dad gets out of the hospital, and we don't know how long he'll be there. Blogging will resume at least by next Wednesday, possibly sooner, but there are no guarantees. I hope you good week.
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