Remember this cute little red suitcase?
And my cute little red car?
Well - this would explain it all!
I'm off for a fun filled weekend! All by myself . . destination . . . a SURPRISE!
But . . . I've heard from three different women in the past two days, each of whom have touched my life in a different way . . . and each of whom are going through some extremely difficult times. Two of them - I cannot even fathom . . . another, well . . . I've experienced that - kind of - not exactly - their situation I think is worse.
To lose a child - to miscarry - heartbreaking - I know. But in the back of my mind was "The Lord knows what He's doing. There is a reason for this - what? we just can't see right now." The Hope I clung to was there can hopefully be another baby. For me - there was - for this young woman - maybe not.
To have a sick child. A very sick child. After a glimmer of hope, to now see nothing but despair. My heart breaks for her and her husband, and their only child.
To experience an extremely sick parent. Hmmmm. Lived through that. Was a living hell. Threw myself into an eating oblivion and depression which I am surprised I came out of, healthy and happily married after all. I'm so glad it's over. . . But not for her . . .
So as I drive away tomorrow morning, toward my weekend of relaxation and enjoyment, one that I have SOOOOOOO been looking forward to for the past couple of weeks, to my six hour drive by myself, these three women will be on my mind. One of them, I don't even know. One I've met twice, now she feels somewhat like a daughter to me even though we are probably no more than 8 or 9 years apart in age. And the third, God only knows how and why we "clicked" the way we did, but I feel like I've known her forever. I wish I could just give her a hug . . .
Please pray for these three women. To find strength. To find courage.
And may each and every one of us go to sleep tonight - counting our Blessings.