I remember when I was in seminary, our first grandchild was born within days of the death of another student's grandmother. Somehow life just seems to be like that. We are awaiting the imminent arrival of another grandchild and are on call to go and take care of his older brother when mom and dad head for the hospital. Yesterday, my husband's cousin called to let us know his brother, who had been battling cancer, had just died. Now my husband will be making a trip north for the service, and I will stay here. I hate to send him alone, but I do not want to be many hours away when the call comes that our new grandson is on the way. So it is a bittersweet time in our lives, saying goodbye to a good man and mourning his passing as we await the arrival of another beautiful child in our family. Sometimes life is more of a roller coaster ride than at other times, and this is one of those up and down times. I am thankful for family to care about, some people are not so blessed, and for the love that fuels both sadness at death and joy at new life. In this time as in all times, God is good.
Grace and Peace,