– Written by Anna –
A week ago mom, dad and I drove into Saint Joseph’s hospital for what now seems like an easy thing, surgery to remove a nodule on my mom’s lung. One of the last things I remember of her before the surgery as I sat with her in pre-op was when she asked the nurse if she could pray before the nurse put in the epidural, iv, etc. Just like our mom. She was quite anxious but as always she never let her fears or anxieties control her and ALWAYS turned them over to Jesus. This is a battle we are each facing every day.
This afternoon feels dark. Seven days ago we had NO idea what we would be facing. Seven days ago we were planning our family Christmas for today. Seven days ago our biggest fear was that she might have cancer and need a few treatments. We have since lost all track of time and pretty much everything outside of the hospital walls. This morning I went in hopeful to see some progress only to find her very agitated and in a lot of pain! Is there anything worse than seeing someone you love suffer like that? I’m pretty sure there isn’t. But even though my mom can’t really talk today she squeezed and squeezed my hand as I read to her from 2 Corinthians 1. She squeezed real hard when I got to verse 5: “for just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds.”
Could you pray tonight for…
- God’s deep deep comfort for us and especially for Mom? That we could all keep turning our fears and anxieties over to Jesus?
- Encouragement in the midst of major battles of discouragement!
- Mom to be able to cough. Today she choked all day on the fluid built up in her chest and throat. She was continually fighting between trying to cough and being suctioned out. It was quite awful.
- NO pneumonia!
All I can seem to think of these days is the 23rd Psalm. We are truly walking through the valley of the shadow of death and though it is hard to see Him these days we know that He is with us!
Please keep holding us in prayer. Please keep praying for courage and strength for each one of us. Please keep praying for deep peace and comfort and healing for my mom. We need a miracle. Your love and prayers humble and bless us more than you will ever know.