Friday, August 14, 2009

Going Home - For my FIL

Our vacation ended with a middle-of-the-night call Wed night that my FIL had been admitted to the hospital with a serious colon condition. After consultation with the doctors and a conference call with her 4 children, Mom made the difficult decision not to put Dad through multiple surgeries that he might not even survive. After a long day of driving, we made it to Houston last night. Right now, my MIL & the 4 "kids" are meeting with Hospice and he will be moved to that section of the hospital this afternoon. He is not expected to live more than a couple of days.

However, that is in earthly terms. What a comfort it is to know that he will soon be Going Home and will no longer be limited by Alzheimer's or any other physical difficulties. I love the words here of Gloria Gaither: there's nothing like observing the transition from earth to heaven and seeing the empty shell left behind - it renews my faith every time. I think if we truly had a glimpse of what awaits on the other side, we wouldn't try so hard to keep our loved ones here!



I'd appreciate your prayers over the next few days. In addition to this, one of my husband's brothers is having a malignant melanoma removed and lymph node biopsy done at MD Anderson on Monday. And back at home we have a myriad of school check-ins and textbook pick-ups and appointments next week that will need to be rearranged.

And a girl's birthday that can't be rearranged!

I think I'm going to need another vacation. . . .

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15 comments:

CandaceCalvert said...

Linda, ((hugs)) and prayers for you and your family--as well as an Amen to the beautiful truth of Going Home.
The biggest blessing of all.

Love, Candy

Suzanne said...

Oh Linda...that you tube clip is just...a WOW. Love the parallel of birth and death...each with its pains. I'm so glad you found that clip. I'm going to earmark it.

Cheryl said...

praying for you and your family.

sara said...

Linda, definitely sending hugs and prayers your way!

skoots1mom said...

sometimes you just want to reach right through the computer screen, don't you?...I do...
praying peace and calm for all those involved :)

Debbie said...

I'm so sorry to hear how your vacation ended Linda. I pray that your FIL will be comfortable until the day he crosses over to the other side. What comfort we have in knowing we'll one day see our loved ones again. I love the Gaithers and their music.

Nel said...

We tend to be selfish sometimes, thinking of what we are going to miss... but like you said if we would only think of what awaits our loved ones! It seems you have alot on your plate, at times like this I try to remember, He will not put more on me than I can handle! The Gaithers are awesome! My prayers are with you and your family!
...nel

Latte With Me said...

Praying and sending you a lot of Agape love that I hope you can feel.

Lisa writes... said...

Praying for you, friend.

Mel said...

Prayers and hugs for your family!!!

Lisa notes... said...

Praying for you and your family. May the Lord be with you all as your FIL makes the passage.

TCKK said...

I'll pray for your and your family this week. God will be with you, I know!
-Cathy

Karen said...

Praying to the God of all comfort on behalf of you and your family...beautiful video you shared....

Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

My prayers are with you! Those moment with the ones we love as they prepair to go to their eternal home are so bitter sweet.

Blessings
Robin

PS: On an unrelated note if finished the book I won from your giveaway. I enjoyed it very much and have used it in my next giveaway. I gave you a shout out, seeing as I won the book on your blog and all.

Cathy said...

Bless your heart, dear Linda. That was such a touching video. Praying for your FIL and you all ~ and the other prayer request. Blessings and Hugs,
Cathy