The last week and a half brought some heavy news - the kind of news that makes you hold on to your loved ones a bit tighter. The kind of news that makes no sense whatsoever. The kind of news that brings you to your knees because there is nowhere else to go. A friend of ours has been diagnosed with cancer.
Cancer. Completely unexpected. Completely shocking. Completely.
Cancer. Again. Why must this wretched illness affect so many of us, so often?
As I was cleaning up the house, praying for Amy and her family, I came across something that Analise made a few months ago in her Sunday school class. It was quite fitting to find and such a poignant reminder of the important things in life. In fact, it was Amy, who is the Director of Children's Ministry at our church, that put these little books together for the kids to make.
This book lays out truths that bring some perspective when not much seems to make sense. One who can do anything (like make rainbows and create the world)...can heal anyone (like Amy)...and loves us all the time, no matter what we choose...
choose to trust. When my days seem long and redundant, I can choose to find joy in the simple things. When I am answering the same question for the 80th time, I can choose to answer without being annoyed. I can choose to enjoy each day, each person, and each errand that needs to be run. I can choose to find joy in spending the morning making construction paper top hats. I can choose to get down on the floor and build legos and train tracks and I can choose to spend three hours at the park rather than check off a 'to do' list - all because it brings my kids joy.
And, while I choose to live in the now, to embrace where I am now and what is happening now and be thankful for it, I will also be praying. Praying fervently for our friend, her husband and her two sweet boys. Praying for our friend who, in light of all that she is going through is choosing faith. Choosing to trust.
And, if you choose, will you please be thinking of and praying for Amy too?