Thursday, November 10, 2011

When Life Seems to Get You Down...Eat Sushi

This has always been our tradition:  when good news or bad news comes our way...we get together and have sushi...
This photo was taken the day that my father came home from the hospital the first time he was admitted for his leukemia.  This was hours after we had heard the dreaded news about his diagnosis.  We were all trying to be so strong on the outside for each other, but on the inside, I know all our hearts were breaking.

I wish life was as easy as eating your troubles away.  The truth is, that there is no earthly way we could make ourselves feel better when tragedy hits.  When life gets us down, we turn to Jesus Christ.  The words from the pages of the bible have directed my emotions and my concerns in the face of great despair and uncertainty.  Jesus promises in the bible that He will send His comforter, the Holy Spirit, the third person of the trinity, to come to our aid in these times. 

Psalm 46:1...God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear, even though  the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though its waters roar and be troubled, thought the mountains shake with its swelling

Psalm 62:8...Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.

Psalm 119:50...This is my comfort in my affliction, for Your word has given me life.

Philippians 4:6-7...Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

We also have a great support system around us who pray for us, visit my parents in the hospital, bring us meals, and are constantly checking on us and encouraging us through this time.  We would not be able to make it without them.  Every text, call and inquiry of my parents is so greatly appreciated.  Each of us kids is also blessed to have amazing spouses and children who allow us to be by our parents' side.     

After his release from the hospital this last time, he told my dad told my mom that he wanted to take her out on a date.  His doctor has forbidden him from having sushi because of the leukemia, but he told my mom that they were going to have sushi.  Afterwards, he took her to a jazz club in town and they hung out till midnight.  It's miraculous the way a man can have a severe brain hemorrhage and then still be able to take his wife out a week later.  We serve an amazing and powerful God who can confound doctors.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the Scriptures. Our hope is in God alone. I need to post about my mom's progression, but sometimes it's hard. I'm thankful for your support system and for ours. Praying for your dad today.