Thursday, January 5, 2012

Away on Assignment, as they say...

I have the privilege of caring for a friend who is receiving treatment at Duke University for glioblastoma. November brought hard news to their home with the life-altering diagnosis and stop-in-your-tracks mid-course correction needed to respond to another of life's interruptions.

Cindy, loving mother of two daughters in heaven and one precious senior in high school, beautiful dancer, accomplished business woman in the '70's and 80's ahead of her time, is a spiritual force to be reckoned with. She reveals a life yielded to God as she leans on the Spirit for sustaining her body and soul. Daily. Not just in response to a frightful diagnosis. Her faith is real, having been tested more than she would ever dream.

I must take my own advice and streamline what I can manage well, so I'm taking a few days off to focus on the task before us this week and next. You may follow on her Caring Bridge if you would join in praying for Cindy. That is where I am writing these days as well.

Sometimes we must multitask, and sometimes we are able to give focused attention. This is a time that calls me to focus. Thank you for your support and encouragement always!


  1. Praying for your friend and yourself.

    May God Cover you both with His Grace and send Healing Blessings to Cindy, and to you Strength.

    Take Care,

  2. Oh, Marita. I was so sorry to see Cindy's name and details on the prayer list. I had previously thought, "surely not" when I caught a snippet of your stewardship minute back in November.

    As I search for encouraging words, I'm compelled to mention a family friend here in town with a similar diagnosis. I will have to call my parents at a more civilized hour, but I hear that J.T. has responded well to treatment and that his doctors are pleased. Ironically he, too, has faced tests similar to those of which you speak.

    I will certainly pray for Cindy and her family and you all. I started my new year with my own one-thousand-gifts challenge. I see faith in action, faith at work, faith being tested and not found failing this morning, what a gift.