My Syrian friends gave me two weeks of rest and relaxation, much needed and much enjoyed. Now, they are on their way back to Scotland where they have acquired some work and probably won't return to Syria until and unless life calms down. Well, maybe they will visit friends and family during the less troubled moments...much prayer needed for them and all Syria.
As for me, after one day back to
work and, seemingly, life going back to normal, things took a
not-unexpected twist. My sister-in-law who has been suffering from Stage
IV lung cancer was hospitalized and then immediately hospicized for a
pulmonary embolism. My brother called and said that if I wanted to see
her while she was still alive, I should come back home immediately,
which is what I am doing. That is easier said than done. I come from
rural Maine farm country where there is no public transportation, so the
trip will be an all-day one from San Francisco to Boston by plane,
followed by a bus trip to New Hampshire, where my brother can pick me up
in his car and take me the final hour's drive home. Once a travel agent
told me "you can't there from here," so since then I have been my own
travel agent on trips home. I do know how to get there from here. It
just takes a lot of time and a lot of conveyances.
am hoping that I will be able to share some of her final hours with my
sister-in-law and then help my brother post-funeral with whatever I can
help. Being the oldest of the eight of us, I find that there is always
something with which I can help and for which I am wanted.
Maine is not entirely on the Internet grid yet, so please bear with me
as a remain silent probably until nearly the end of October. When I am
back, you all will know. There will be a post, the first in a long time!
Prayers for you all in my absence, and please pray for those in my life who need God's solace.
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