Wednesday, October 24, 2012

I'm Ba-a-a-ck!

Just got back from the backwoods of Maine after spending ten days with my sister-in-law in her last days. She was still clinging to life when I left, and I was so happy to see her while she was still alive. We had time to talk, including about the big issues of life, and to pray together. There is something very powerful about sharing an end-of-life prayer with someone.

Among the other things I did to help was notice that my brother, whose job ends in a couple of weeks, was low on food. So, my other brother and I went to the grocery store to see if we could stock his larder for a little bit so that he would not have to worry about shopping or finding money for food for a while, to make life more convenient and financially easier. We planned on getting as many canned goods as we could: fruits, vegetables, meats, soups, juices, complete meals. We also picked up boxes of cereal. I figured I still had a couple hundred dollars on my maxed-out-from-travel credit cards, and the full grocery cart should have cost us that amount. We had piled in enough food to keep Willie fed through Christmas, based on his analysis. The total grocery bill, amazingly, was $102. Every single thing we put our hand on was on sale! God is good like that, you know. The little miracles are often every bit as exciting as the big ones.

And that little miracle led to a small tender mercy: it gave me $50 for a Subway gift card so that he does not have to return home and cook meals these last few days he has left with his wife.


  1. So precious that you were able to be there for your family.

  2. I remember the final journey I made to be with my sister in her last days. I look back on lots of days of my life, and there aren't many that I treasure nearly as much. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, not cold.

    It was good you took the time, Elizabeth, to visit your brother and sister-in-law. I will keep her in my prayers.