This week has been like a whirlwind. You’d think life would slow down once in a while, but it just seems to churn faster and faster. Earlier I wrote about some issues with Les’ mom and her care. Thanks be to God that seems to be worked out. It took a lot of my time with phone calls and trips to Pink Hill and Kenansville, but as far I know, all parties involved have been satisfied. As I told Les’ brother, we just have to be grateful for where we are now and not fret over what may happen down the road. We’ll deal with that if and when we have to.
Yesterday (Saturday), I volunteered with Run to Rescue, a 5K trail run/race to raise funds for She is Safe. She is Safe is a ministry that fights the trafficking of women and children around the world. Human trafficking is a HUGE problem. When I look at my grandchildren, I shudder to think there are people in the world so evil and greedy they would kidnap or deceive women and children (yes, children!) to use them for prostitution. Every person deserves better than this. Ask God how you can help stop this horrible invasion on His precious creations. Maybe we don’t do more because the people aren’t real to us. But they are somebody’s son or daughter, with real names, real feelings and real dreams. None of us are immune to the atrocities of sin in this world. We must do our part to say “Enough, already!”
Yesterday was also 6 months since Les left to go live with Jesus. He left on a Saturday and this was the first time the date had fallen on a Saturday. Sadness was strong in my heart, but being with others and doing something to make a difference in someone else’s life gave me strength to face the day. Not a day goes by that I don’t miss Les terribly. But God has been faithful to give me peace and strength. I miss having him here to help me make decisions both large and small. He was a wise man and his wisdom is sorely missed.
Tuesday, Daddy and I will visit the new cancer clinic at Duke for a tour and to see those folks who became so important to us in our time there. As the visit gets closer, I find myself becoming more emotional. Please pray I won’t totally fall apart while we are there. The new facility will make it easier, as Les was never treated there. We watched it go up, but it wasn’t completed until after our last time there. It may seem crazy to say we had friends there, but we did. Many of them became our lifeline. (Of course, that’s not leaving out Jesus!) When Les passed on, I not only lost him, but also all those folks who had been there for us all that time. It felt like a rug was pulled out from under me. It will be good to see them again.
It seems the world just gets meaner and meaner. Evil is rampant all around us. Our freedoms are being chipped away by people who think they know what’s best for us. Everywhere I go, it seems folks are foul-mouthed and inconsiderate of others. Decency seems to be “old-school.” It makes me so sad. I know it breaks the heart of God. At the same thing, I know there are many people who love the Lord with all their hearts, souls and minds. May we walk each day reflecting the love and light of Jesus. Jesus is the answer to every problem, but not everyone knows that. Maybe you are the only Bible they ever read. May what they see in you be filled with the grace, mercy and eternal love of Christ, drawing them to Him.
May you have a blessed week!
Lots of love, Sharon