Dear friends, I would appreciate your prayers for my family as it appears another trial is coming our way. The stomach cancer that Pawpaw Cole was diagnosed with in November has spread to his liver and lungs and he will be going home from the hospital tomorrow on Hospice care... if you know him, you know he is a remarkable man, and while I know he is ready to go home to Heaven, it's a hard thing to think about again... but no matter what happens, I rejoice knowing that God has blessed me and no matter what happens I am called to praise Him.
2 Corinthians 1:3-7 (New International Version)
The God of All Comfort
3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. 5For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. 6If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. 7And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.
I pray that I will be able to maintain this attitude of Praise.. God and I have had talks about Pawpaw... but the reality has come quickly... and that is a harsh reality to face (again). I want to continue to learn and grow in Him... and not have sadness take over or bitterness take a foot hold anywhere in my life...
Please keep us all in your prayers...