Glimpses of grace seen in the everyday

Bittersweet Days

I woke up this morning with joy, thanking God for 39 years of marriage to the most wonderful man in the world–my prince, my soul-mate, my best friend and lover and much, much more. 

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Then we got sobering news about our granddaughter who is terminally ill, and the tears came.  The past few days have been rough as the tumor ravages her body.  When we get back there after 2 1/2 weeks away, we’ll really notice the difference.  Yet as our hearts grieve, we also rejoice in the confidence that God is good and loving, He is powerful and in control, He is wise and is working out all things in amazing ways we can only catch a glimpse of presently.  But here’s one of those glimpses, written by her mother:

Last night she was coughing a lot. Firstly, she can’t make her self cough hard so she wasn’t able to clear her airways well, and then I felt like what she did cough up she couldn’t effectively clear from her mouth. So today, I called about getting a suction machine. Tonight she got chills all over, then she started throwing up mouthfuls when she coughed.  It was 8:00 pm when I was thinking of taking her into the ER just to suction her, chest x-ray if needed, etc. when a man showed up at the door with the suction machine. What a relief. I couldn’t believe they got it here so quickly and even after “business hours”. What a gift from God.

And here’s another:
Last night a friend called and said she would like to bring a meal to us tonight. She ended up bringing the very thing Emmeline has asked to have for her birthday next week, tortellini soup and homemade rolls. My friend had no idea. So even though the eating was tough for Emmeline, she was very happy and it was a reminder to me of God’s personalized blessings for each of us.

In these bittersweet days, God’s love, power, and wisdom are our comfort.  He is there for you, too!

 

 

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Comments on: "Bittersweet Days" (2)

  1. barbara r said:

    oh, Donna. my heart aches for all of you right now. yet it’s so amazing to hear the stories of how God is faithfully at work, loving Emmeline through the pain…♥ praying for all of you now.

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