Amy posted a blog with a similar title a bit over a year ago and it caused a smidge of a stir. This is Eric writing a brief update for you and this title is accurate to what it seems to be.
God is our provider and we have been praying since entering hospice care that Amy would feel well enough to enjoy a great Christmas, and then not have to linger long and suffer much afterward. Well… Hallelujah! It appears the Lord is seeing fit to answer that prayer with a resounding “Yes!” Isn’t He good? Isn’t He merciful?
You have been reading her previous posts and know about how God has provided for some wonderful family time. Since Christmas Amy has been experiencing a gradual decline, most notable in her increased difficulty breathing and needing to be on oxygen. However, she took a serious turn for the worse when she had a major seizure episode Wednesday evening. Our hospice nurse told me she doesn’t expect that Amy will live a week, if that. Of course, even hospice professionals aren’t infallible, but usually they have a pretty good read on situations like this. I have chosen to keep her at home with close attention and support from hospice and Amy’s folks (they arrived this afternoon). She has been aware of where she is and what’s going on and even this morning, although she wasn’t able to speak, she hugged the kids as they left for school.
Thank you so much for your continued prayers and support for our family. We pray for you often as well knowing that we are all in this together. God is good.
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” – Psalms 23:4
I like the imagery in this verse. Although Amy is facing physical death it is still just a shadow. It really has no eternal effect on her.
“Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” – 2 Corinthians 4.16-5:1
Amy will soon be in the arms of Jesus and see Him face to face and we will mourn and rejoice because God’s grace is sufficient for each and everyone of us.
“”For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” – John 3:16
If you do not know Jesus or don’t have peace about your eternal home I remind you that Jesus loves and wants you to cry out to Him. He alone can calm and comfort you.
He is comforting us and providing indescribable peace for each moment. God is our provider, is He yours?
Side Note: When the time comes we will have a celebration of life service near our family in central Iowa (specifically in Ankeny, IA). All are welcome.
Thanks again for your love and prayers!
-eric (on behalf of our family)