The Test

I’ve seen and felt a lot of sorrow lately. A beloved aunt Joy, is suffering with Alzheimer’s. My cousin, Larry, had a brain aneurysm and is struggling to recover. My love goes out to them, their spouses, children and grandchildren. On top of all this, I am reminded that on Monday it will be twenty-four years since our car accident. Life is hard and I suppose it was meant to be. Fortunately, happiness can still be found along the way. Our lives bring the tests we need in order to learn and grow. 

My sister’s mother-in-law passed away last month and my brother’s father-in-law’s funeral is tomorrow. I am proud of Rosanne and Klint for the many years they took care of their mother, Arlette, in their home. Likewise, Don and Ruth were wonderful, thoughtful and attentive caregivers to their dad, Allen. Through their caregiving, I got to know my in-law’s parents and they enriched my life as I observed the grace they had in their health trials. I’m grateful for their example of enduring to the end.

The Test, written by Janeen Brady, has been a favorite song of mine for many years. I share it tonight with love and empathy for my wonderful family members who are going through some tough times. I love you and I’m sending hugs your way!