However, this morning the streaming thoughts include concerns for my beloved brother-in-law, John. He's married to my oldest sister, Dolores; the father of five; grandfather to 11; and about to become a great-grandfather for the second time. Having had three sisters, he has been as close to a brother as they come.. (So, too, my other two brothers-in-law, Jim & Hal).
At 80, John's life has been full & rich in all things valuable, mostly family. His humor, work ethic, indomitable spirit and reserved calm are widely known & highly valued.
Today John lies in a hospital bed - so very, very ill.
The past 18 months have been especially challenging since his kidney failed. He undergoes dialysis 3-4 times a week, where he's become a bit of a living-legend (no surprise to me) due to those characteristic I've noted above; and the fact that his daughters often drop by to hang out with him during the procedure. They show up bearing cookie offerings. He (and they) are VERY popular!
Just this week John contracted pneumonia which landed him in the hospital. While there, other problems brewed; and today they are looking at a spot on his heart that may well be an abscess or a clot. It is not a good report.
Whatever the day brings, right now it has begun for me with a heart that is both joyous and troubled. It is a heart heavy with love, and with concern; perhaps because one is always born on the back of the other.
Your prayers on behalf of John and his family - Dolores, Rick & Andrea, Amy, April, Jim & Julie, Josh, Jessica, Diane, Charlotte & Colby, Lonnie & Shannon, Mason, David & Heather, Hannah, Caleb, Nathan, Monica & Tim, Ashley & Emily - are greatly appreciated.