As hard as it is to say Goodbye, sometimes God blesses us with the opportunity to do so with the ones we love. I thought I would share with you a little of our recent struggle with the nearness of death in our family through the words of my wife, Angela. She posted this on Caring Bridge today:  

Dear Family & Friends,

As you know, Mom has fought stage 4 cancer for almost two years, probably longer without knowing it. She took a turn for the worse this weekend. Her excellent oncologist saw her today and I spoke at length w/ her privately. She said that mom isn’t responding to the meds and the treatments and her body is too weak to receive any more right now. She shared that once it’s in the bone marrow, it is so hard to treat. They have done everything they could to help her and they have recommended hospice! The doctors, nurses, entire staff have been amazing and we are blessed by them.

Our main prayer is that the Lord would give us the sweetest of times while we have her with us. We all are exhausted and are going to try to simplify as much as we can to make each moment count. Our hope is that hospice will take over caring for Mom’s physical needs so that we can minister to her spiritually and emotionally.

Our Daily Bread, a concise daily devotional I read every morning at breakfast usually between cleaning up spilled milk, refilling cereal bowls, and washing little sticky hands 🙂 , has been one of my life-savers over the years. Even through the interruptions, the Holy Spirit uses it to direct my mind each day. Today was no exception. The reading was from I Peter 1:3-12. Peter begins, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. In his great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade- kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power  . . . In this you greatly rejoice . . .”

I cannot rejoice over the pain mom is experiencing right now, but I can rejoice knowing that it will soon end. Our hope is in the words of the One who has saved us and will keep us until the end.

We love you,

Question: When you struggle with the pain of loss, what comforts you?