Feb. 27, 2019

Back in the swing of things...

“Because the Lord is my shepherd, I have everything that I need.” Psalm 23:1

Privacy and confidentiality are very important to me. I began my career in Personnel (before it was called Human Resources). I have worked in mental health care, as well as health care, for most of my life. I know how to keep a secret.

Personally, I’m an open book. My oldest sister and I realized we had a clash of philosophies when she was so ill. I needed prayer support and Facebook was the best way to ask for it. She wanted privacy. Facebook and privacy never go hand in hand.

It’s been a rough month for us. The past two weeks were almost unbearable. Honoring my family’s wishes for privacy, I only posted vague messages that would encourage my friends to pray while honoring privacy.

As things get back to normal, whatever that means, it’s okay now to relay some information. My parents, in their 80’s, both take flu shots religiously. They also take the pneumonia vaccination annually. We realize that immunizations do not keep you from getting their assigned diseases. They simply prevent you from getting severe cases. Or so we thought.

My dad is out of the hospital after two weeks. My mother’s case never turned into pneumonia. In the meantime, my brother was admitted into the hospital. In the meantime, a family member was diagnosed with kidney cancer and one of my uncles was near death in a nearby hospital. In the meantime, I continually prayed for the Lord’s will to be done.

A few close friends were praying for us and knew the details. I want to thank those friends for being my sanity and sounding board. Last night, talking to one of them, she said, “Roni, your family has been through a lot. I suspect you ran on adrenalin over the course of weeks, but are feeling exhaustion now.” My friend is correct.

I’m grateful that we are back in the swing of things, but I am certainly not swinging very high.

“Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.”