Saturday, December 01, 2012
I had my first chance to go a visit my friend, Lisa,who was just diagnosed with Stage 4 large cell carcinoma. I worked very hard to make sure that I was positive and upbeat the entire visit. I also made sure I told her how much I loved and appreciated her.
It made me wonder (yet again) why such good people inevitably end up in situations like Lisa's. She has spent her life helping students with special needs and teaching life-skills to underprivileged teens. She has always gone the extra mile to help anyone in need despite her own personal circumstances. Lisa spent a great amount of time helping me with the care of my husband as he reached the final stages of his terminal illness by giving me breaks, assisting with running errands so I could tend to his needs, and then spelling me when I had to get out of the house for a break. To say she is an amazing woman is a gross understatement.
As I sat beside her this afternoon I could feel her frustration and her uncertainty, but I kept reassuring her that God was not finished with her yet...that she still had work to do and kids to help. She seemed to take some comfort in that, but I know she is really struggling with why this is happening.
If you are so inclined, please for this wonderful woman and her family. She is a gift to the students with whom she works and to all those who have worked with her. The power of prayer is infinite and amazing. I know the Lord takes care of those who serve Him and I pray that He heals my friend.