Happy Monday!

I hope you are all having a blessed day.  Sometimes, we forget to count our blessings.

Yesterday after church, we went and visited my friend, Ruth, in the hospital.  Ruth and I have been friends for 20 years or so and I love her like a sister.

Ruth was such a vibrant, smart, hard working woman!  She had worked with her husband for many years, then at home was happiest out in her flowers beds pulling weeds and watching all of the birds.  She was a pianist in church and a woman of strong faith and love for Jesus.  Then, about 5 years ago, Ruth was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Slowly but surely, the disease has eaten away at her body and her mind.  She doesn’t know me anymore, but she still knows Jesus and when I see her, that’s what I talk about.  She can’t converse anymore, but you can see reactions in her eyes.  I know the faith that was so strong before, is still there.

Sometimes, it is so hard to know what to pray for.  I no longer pray for a long life for her, I just pray for God’s will to be done.  I pray for healing, but it’s God’s plan whether that healing is here or in her heavenly home.  As she lies in a hospital bed with fractures that can’t be repaired, I pray for comfort and mercy.

I also pray for her husband to have comfort and peace.  I remember too well how hard it is to watch someone you love go through this.   He has been told that it may be a few short days or it could be a year.  They don’t know.

So, count your blessings, count them one by one and relish in them.  Hug your loved ones and TELL them you love them!  Don’t just assume they know.  Don’t take a day for granted.  God gave it to you.  Make the most of it.  Above all,

Pray Unceasingly!!

In His light,