My sister, brother, and myself, taken today.
Today I sat and watched my brother, who is facing lung cancer and a very difficult procedure tomorrow, as his family all gathered to be with him and make another precious memory. He sat in his recliner with his oxygen as all the children came in, then the grandchildren, great grandchildren and step grandchildren. They each came to him, hugged him and said “I love you Pappaw” from the smallest to the oldest, even the step grandchildren. As I watched him with them I saw his legacy, a legacy of family and loved ones who care so much for him. His life has not been an easy one and he has been dealing with a lot of anger for over 26 years now, ever since his oldest child was taken from him, his wife, daughter and siblings by a coward who shot him in the back while he was loading a mail truck on his mail route. As much as it hurt me to give up my nephew I cannot even begin to image what it was like giving up a child in such a way.
My brother has also faced many health issues over the years but always kept his drive to get up and do the things he loves until the last few months as we have watched him lose weight and struggle more and more with his breathing.
My heart is heavy tonight as I pray that the Lord will bring him through this ordeal he is facing but more than that my heart is heavy as I pray the Lord will help him deal with the anger he has dealt with all these years. There are things in life worse than sickness of the body. Our hearts and spirits can become so burdened we lose our way and only the Lord can put us back on the path we were meant to be on. I’m not saying my brother is lost only that he has lost the peace he had so many years ago. Our Lord is a healer, not just of the body but of the mind, soul, and spirit, and I pray tonight and I ask you to also pray with me that my brother find the healing he so desperately needs of his body but more than that of his soul. I pray he find that peace again in his heart that comes only from the Lord and a close personal relationship with Him.
Jesus said in, John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
Also please continue to pray for my husband Tim. We should hear back late tomorrow or early Tuesday about the biopsy on his tongue.
Thank you all for your prayers and concern for my family. ~Jeanette