Sue to Mark 10, part 4
Good Morning Mark:
I have visualized you frantically trying to make your painting deadline today. I know the relief of finally putting something large behind you - I hope that can happen for you.
More updates on Dad: he is making fabulous strides! He began to swim out of anesthesia yesterday, could open his eyes, and wiggle his toes on command. He cried when he saw Mom, squeezed her hand and tried to say "I love you" around the tubes. So we know he's mostly "there". Oh, praise GOD for His tender mercies!! I've thought a lot about how God answers prayers and I'm beginning to tap into the complexity of it all - he always answers our prayers, but he may not always grant our requests. He answered your prayer to spare Glenda, he just didn't grant your request. I don't know why He spared Dad, and not Glenda. I just know that I respect the struggle you have undergone to accept God's answer and your faithfulness to Him even through your anger, confusion, and pain. That is very strengthening and humbling to me. If God had not granted my request to spare Dad, I think I could have borne it better, knowing with what determination you've borne your burden of grief.
One of the best things about this awful (awe-full!) experience has been observing Mom and Dad in their love for and commitment to each other. They've had their issues, of course, like every couple, and as an adult, I've occasionally served as unofficial marriage counselor on both sides. But their reliance on each other, their determined devotion and pursuit of the other's good through all this has had me in tears more than once. I am unspeakably proud of my parents and still so amazed and grateful that I had the enormous good fortune of being one of their children.
I will leave you with a blessing for the day - a verse of comfort and hope the Lord gave us during these last few days:
"May the God of Hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit" Rom. 15:13.