To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be praise and honor and glory and power,
for ever and ever!
~ Revelation 5:13
There are a number of moving parts to my life at present. All good ... though some have suctioned tenticles - like an octopus -attempting to
Nearly two weeks ago my sister Carol & her hubby Hal arrived for a visit. They are missionaries in Ensenada, Mexico so this has been a period of R&R for them. They've nestled it at my sister Dolores' home, but we've enjoyed many a meal, many an outing, and much fellowship.
Father's Day was a delight. Our three children, their spouses & most of the grands gathered here for steak BBQ. I could just sit & stare at the clan, so grateful am I for each & every one!
It's also been two weeks since our youngest son was informed that he was being layed off. His company has been purchased by another, and many people are now without jobs as a result. This is hardly the good news a husband & father of 4 longs to hear, but we are encouraged to see how optimistic & productive he's been in spite of the tough situation they now face. (Missing: Katheryne)
In a few short weeks, Kelly's oldest - Katheryne - will be heading to the Czech Republic on a missions trip with her church. She's been living with an aunt in Northern CA while attending college. We sure miss her, but I'm soooooo proud of this new undertaking.
Last week, our oldest son's son, Erik, graduated from H.S. He'll be heading off to college in the Fall to work on an engineering degree.
This Sunday our Home Group - a lively, lovely collection of 6 couples - is coming for a Fellowship Potluck at our home. Lots of little preparations to take care of ahead of time.
I've had opportunity to consider an enlarged role at church, one that would allow for greater service to women. Still noodling through the pros/cons, not to mention God's will concerning it.
Hubby had surgery on both hands yesterday due to malfunctioning tendons in two fingers: Trigger Finger. What we thought would be a fairly simple, mundane procedure ended up being a bit more complex and a WHOLE lot more painful. I've donned my nurse's cap.
Next week, our beloved pastor from Arizona & his wife (Greg & Lori) arrive for a 6 day visit. Greg continues to do battle with the lethal illness - Multiple System Atrophy - that continues to threaten him. The diagnosis is certain; and the prognosis not good. It is a hideous neurological condition that looks a lot like Lou Gehrig's & Parkinson's combined. More-and-more the disease makes itself known. He no longer sweats/regulates body heat, his legs often give out, and many other body functions just don't work. We are blessed & delighted to be hosting a visit, conjurring up lots of fun things to do with/for them.
On a related note: Greg has just been cleared to undergo an experimental treatment that may help his condition. There are no guarantees, and it's extremely costly (experimental treatments are not covered by insurance). Should he come to mind, please pray for him & his family, and their ministry. He pastors a large church of 4,000+.
The horizon is moving farther-and-farther off. I can now see into Fall, and many hapnin's are dotted there, too. Even so, there is something so utterly complete about THIS day. I think I'll remain here for a long, grateful pause.
May God Himself, the God of peace,
sanctify us through and through.
May our whole spirit, soul and body
be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The one who calls us is faithful and He will do it.
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24