Bill is gone again, back to North Dakota. He’s actually on his way back, and I am more than ready for him to be home. Life has a way of reminding us of how tenuous it really is. The death last week of a beloved pastor who is the same age as my husband, who leaves a wife, four children, and who missed the birth of his first grandchild by 2 days.
And then today, a photo session with a precious husband and wife who are awaiting his own heavenly homegoing, probably before the end of this year. This year will mark their thirty-third wedding anniversary. Their love for each other is so sweet, so deep. They are accepting what God has put in their path, yet there were tears amidst the smiles for the camera. He was so caring of his sweet wife, she was so proud of him. They had just been to the doctor Wednesday, and found that despite 3 chemo treatments per week, the cancer in his body had doubled and spread even more. And yet, here they were, smiling – truly smiling – for the camera and for each other. Dannye Reigh and I have never experienced something like this, yet I’m thinking neither of us would have missed the opportunity to meet them, spend this couple of hours with them. I pray God’s strength and comfort for both of them as the short amount of time they have together progresses. I pray that I will not simply be touched by this meeting, but would be forever CHANGED having met them.
And so, I wish my Beloved was home now. I wish I’d never taken a moment of our time together for granted. I hope I seize every opportunity to love him, to tell him I love him, and to revel in hearing him tell me how much he loves me. Our Lord has been so very good to us. Would I, like this couple today, still believe this during a devastating trial? I pray I would, and I know the only way is to keep “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith…” And I know, as some devastating trials have already ripped through my life, that my Lord will be there, with His strength and comfort, just as I told this precious little wife today.
God bless your day – in His own unique way, He sure blessed mine!
What if my greatest disappointments or the aching of this life