Last week, M's 75-year old cousin (truly his second-cousin) passed away. He had been sick for a while, but it was a surprise to the family that it happened when it did. Having lost my Uncle back in May, all of those emotions stirred up in me. I started crying when I heard the news and knew that I needed to be in Dallas with M and his family for the services.
After work on Saturday, I drove down and spent the remainder of the weekend doing my best to be the encourager that I knew he needed. That weekend, I realized that no matter how much we think we are "over" the emotions of loss, in an instant, those feelings are as fresh as they were in the beginning.
I only met Tom twice, but I have heard so many amazing stories from M and his mom. At the service, the poem "Footprints" was read. Have you heard it? I think it's truly amazing for anyone to hear as a reminder that God is always there, even if we don't feel him. I've included it at the bottom of this post and strongly recommend you take a minute to read it.
On Tuesday, I came down with a terrible stomach bug - it resembled food poisoning. At about 8pm, I texted a friend from work (whose hubby is a nurse) to find out if I needed to go to the hospital for fluids. I cried and cried because I was oh-so-thirsty.
M took wonderful care of me, even in the midst of me crying that I wanted my Mommacita - I wonder if I'll ever stop feeling that way? I hope not!
I am finally back to feeling like myself! Hooray! And I'm hopefully back to my blogging-self; I have missed it terribly. Hopefully you've missed me too - he he.
Live life glamorously - and don't forget to tell your family you love them,
FOOTPRINTSOne night a man had a dream. He dreamed He was walking along the beach with the LORD. Across the sky flashed scenes from His life. For each scene He noticed two sets of footprints in the sand. One belonging to Him and the other to the LORD.
When the last scene of His life flashed before Him, he looked back at the footprints in the sand. He noticed that many times along the path of His life there was only one set of footprints. He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times of His life.
This really bothered Him and He questioned the LORD about it. LORD you said that once I decided to follow you, you'd walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life there is only one set of footprints. I don't understand why when I needed you most you would leave me.
The LORD replied, my precious, precious child, I Love you and I would never leave you! During your times of trial and suffering when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.