The Journey Continues: June 29, 2016

Kathy and I made it to S. California to be with my two sisters here for a week.  I love being here but it is a rude awakening to the reality that as life moves on, so does the aging process.  My older sis here, Alice, is little by little losing ground.  She and her husband Tom had been one of life’s highlights for this boy as he was growing up.  She knew how to make each of us kids feels special and she did just that.  Now it is my turn to return the favor.  She is fighting the onset of Alzheimer’s and we all know this is not a kind disease.  I want to be for her what she has always been for me but I often find myself wanting to simply cry for her old spirit to return.  I know that this state of life is temporary and that what is eternal will be what I and the rest of us will know for eternity.  She is a believer and I’m very grateful for that.

My birthday is Friday and my sis Bonnie, just older than me, is taking the day just for the two of us to be together.  I don’t know what we will do but I know it will be a treat for me to spend the day with her.  All of us will go to dinner that night which will be another great gift.

All of this reinforces for me the importance of relationships.  No matter how much we have done or acquired, if we haven’t built strong relationships along the way, we will be most lonely.  I was having my devotions early this morning and realizing this all over again.  How grateful I am that God gave me a family that does reach out to one another in love and support.  As I had stated on Monday, this week will be sporadic with  entries but I’ll do my best to stay in touch.  God’s blessings to you.

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