Monday, November 1, 2010
The Sabbath Experiment -- week six
And then there is all of the sickness and death of late. Little Gabriel, who never had the chance to breathe his first breath (you can read more about him tomorrow) and Dee Dee, the 45-year-old sister of a good friend of mine who lost her battle with cancer a few weeks ago.
Lois, a woman from our church who is my age, is battling bone cancer. If that isn't enough, she had a brain aneurysm and a heart attack a week ago. We are all waiting for her to open her eyes, believing along with her husband, three daughters and the rest of the family, it will happen.
My brother-in-law, Ron, was admitted to the hospital on Friday with blood clots in his legs and lungs. While scanning for the clots, the doctors found a rather large (4.6 cm) thoracic aneurysm. Serious stuff. Really serious stuff.
While I am mentioning brothers-in-law, I have to include my husband's other brother, Tom, who is fighting his own battle with cancer. And the oldest brother, Chuck, who is recovering from back surgery.
I spent the rest of the night on the couch in front of the television watching the Steelers lose, although, in light of the seriousness of issues facing so many people I know and love, it was just a football game...a bunch of overpaid men entertaining countless fans for an evening. My husband will have to deal with a handful of co-workers today who will be moaning and groaning about the loss, which will probably not be a smart move on their part, depending on his reaction. You see, it is all about perspective. And his perspective right now, like mine, is focused on much more serious losses and battles ahead. We are looking for some real wins here...
Prayers most definitely appreciated.
Sharing a glimpse into my Sabbath experience,