Ron's aunt made that dreaded phone call to him tonight. It's time to visit his mother, Beverly, perhaps to lift her spirits.
And perhaps to say good-bye.
She's been in the hospital for 10 days now with pneumonia and related complications. Things were looking slightly better over the weekend, but she had a setback today, and is in intensive care tonight.
The doctors are worried about her heart. Her poor, frail body is exhausted. We all know how truly tired she is....
But it's hard to believe. And Ron's father can't seem to grasp the realities of her illness. He's still making plans to bring her home soon. They've been married for 55 years, and he knows no life without her. She's been his sun and his moon and his guiding star.
God, please grant Ron and me the wisdom to know how to be present for his mother, and how to help his father.
And for us to remember that in all things, you work for the good of those who love you.