Friday, May 13, 2011

Jeremiah 29:11

Most of you know the bad news. The chemo in Houston didn't work, and Dori won't be able to transplant. We're completely devastated. We're told her time with us is limited to weeks, maybe a month.

I'm not in a blogging mood, but thought I would share something that Kathryn and I discussed last night. I don't pretend to understand why all this is happening, but I told her I'm confident there is a reason. I encouraged her to read a previous post, "Why Does Bad Happen?" for my view.

You may recall I've blogged about Jeremiah 29:11 a few times, most recently in February when Dori accidentally broke the plate with that scripture. At the time, I was frustrated having to spend a weekend gluing piece by piece, before remounting the plate on the wall. I realize now I hadn't really looked at that scripture in some time, but that undertaking was cold water on my face.

My friend Ron shared the scripture again on CaringBridge. I pray our children find meaning and peace in these words, and Dori and me too, as we deal with such tremendous pain and pending loss. One of Dori's favorites, it's worth repeating.

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

4 comments:

PJ said...

Amen.

Alia said...

Jim I have no words that feel adequate to say so I will just say that your whole family is in my daily prayers and I am sending so much love your way! I can never explain how much caring for Dori during her illness affected my life both professionally and personally! I can tell you that I am a better nurse, wife, and mother! Dori has given Aveleen and I a very special gift just by being her because I will never take even a second of the time I have with my daughter for granted! Please let me know if I can do anything for you!
Love,
Alia

Ronni Gordon said...

As I wrote on Caringbridge, I am so sorry to hear this news. I admire the strength and grace both of you display and have been rooting for Dori all the way. Please know that I am sending prayers your way.

kayjaydunc said...

I pray for peace in your hearts and for angels to wrap their wings around you all to give you strength on the road ahead. May you make the most of every minute. Love to you all.
Karen Duncan