First, an update on Molly.
She was discharged from the hospital last Friday. I doubt I've ever seen anyone so eager to get home, or more joyful once nestled there. There was a good deal of Happy Dancin' going on, including some of you who will remain nameless ~ like Sonja Goodson.
But that all changed over the weekend when a fever & chest pain came to call. Yesterday Molly was re-admitted to the hospital while the doctors figure out what's happening in her body. Most likely it's a resurgence of pneumonia ~ an illness she battled earlier this year, long before her cancer diagnosis. The removal of a portion of her diaphragm during her recent surgery has made it difficult to get a deep breath and is, no doubt, contributing in a not-so-positive way.
We'll know more in the hours to come, so once again I've put out the APB for prayer.
Second, a bit of wisdom.
It was not long ago that Elaine Olsen paid me a phone visit. We've chatted a number of times since our first having met each other back in the initial days of our blogging, 2007. Many of you know her, as well as her own courageous battle with breast cancer just three years ago. Some of you have gathered peace for your own journey because of her pen. She's a fabulous wordsmith, speaker, blogger, pastor's wife, homeschool teacher, author & friend. I can hear any number of you shouting "Amen!" to that. Elaine's skilled at making lemonade out of lemons.
Something Elaine shared with me during the referenced phone chat struck deep & tenderly. She called primarily to offer support & encouragement because of Molly's cancer diagnosis, but a portion of that conversation has lingered long in my heart.
This is what Elaine told me (paraphrased) ...
"When I was enduring Chemotherapy, my mother was there each and every time. She was so strong and such a comfort. It was her finest hour. Because of that, I feel compelled to tell parents of grown children never to conclude they are no longer needed as parents in their children's lives. Nothing could be further from the truth."
Her finest hour. Your finest hour. My finest hour.
What a ministry.