Sunday, December 7, 2008

It's not fair!!

I've had several people tell me recently how "it's just not fair what your family is going through." Of course I just nod my head, but here is what I have really been thinking and feeling lately. How many kids never know their dads? How many kids are abused or neglected? I have had the privilege of knowing a wonderful, loving Dad for 28 years. I've also been thinking how my Dad is one of the few people in my life that I would never want to change. I can't think of anything I would change about my Dad (except of course the fact that he has cancer). How many people can you say that about?
God has also been gently reminding me of 2 scriptures: 1 Thes 5:18 and Phil 2:14. "Give thanks in all circumstances for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus" and "Do everything without complaining..." Not easy, but I'm trying.
Dad has been home from the hospital since Tuesday night. He is under hospice care now and is pretty much confined to a hospital bed in the living room. He has quite a bit of back pain, but other than that, I think he is pretty comfortable. He barely talks, but he still tries to make us smile. Some things never change.
Specific prayer requests- comfort for Dad, sleep for all of us, guidance for the future.

4 comments:

Shelly said...

What a great attitude Amber! I thought the same thing when my mom passed away- How many people have the greatest mom in the world for 31 years?! I'm happy to hear that all is going as well as can be expected and will continue to keep your family in my prayers.

Alyson said...

From the people I know who have dealt with it, I've heard that hospice is a blessing. I hope you have a good experience, and I hope your dad is comfortable. I really appreciate your attitude in this situation. I'm glad the Lord blessed you with a wonderful father who raised you to be a strong, loving Christian woman.

Maisie said...

I enjoy reading your blog Amber. I know I don't tell you often enough. I am encouraged by your attitude. I don't know what it is like to have a christian father. My dad tried to commit suicide a couple of weeks ago and I had very mixed feelings. I am so truly happy that you are able to spend this time with your dad and I know you are cherishing every moment. I love you and miss you. I think of you often. Your Sister in Christ!

Andrea Casey said...

Amber,
I feel so bad we've been out of the loop these past couple of weeks. It breaks our hearts that your family has reached this phase...it isn't an easy place to be at. How grateful we are to know your dad is ready to be with the Lord - what comfort that must bring you, that he is saved!
We're praying for peace and comfort for you all through this time. We love you!