My dad wrote the following. Stevie is my mom. That’s pretty much all you need to know.
13-April…….It’s been one year……
Gideon is sleeping while I write this. He has a bit of a rattle in his lungs, almost a snore. He is getting a good long sleep. It is snowing outside the Hospital window. A Spring snowfall with big flakes that float down without a wind. One year ago Gideon got down off my lap as we went to breakfast. He had been sitting on my knee while I checked my email. As my hand passed over his tummy I felt something very hard just poking out from under his ribcage. Gideon had been having trouble getting over a late Winter flu and so his breathing was a bit “rattley”. Stevie had already booked an appointment with our Family Dr. but we decided to go early and wait for the next available opening. The Dr. ordered an X-Ray. Stevie returned to the Dr late in the afternoon to hear the results of the Chest and Abdominal X-Ray. I was working in the studio mixing the song “I Feel So Happy”.
Our world changed in one moment.
We have learned the reality of “the new normal”. “Normal” changes daily, sometimes hourly, sometimes in a moment (relapse). We are learning to live “in the moment” and trying not to worry about what might happen.
We are learning that God is sovereign, He is Creator, we are created, he is Infinite, we are finite. I do not pretend to know the mind of God. I do understand this. His covenant with His people continues to be kept. He does not change, neither does He falter. In His mercy He saves and protects His own. He has no equal, and He has no opposite, His purpose cannot be thwarted. I am His child.
We have been treated to new friendships. People of compassion, and mercy. People whose careers demand high academic achievement with almost unlimited patience and compassion under, what is sometimes, a crushing emotional burden. I truly wonder how they do it. Friends from “before” have shown why they are friends. We are privileged to count these truly unique and special people as friends. Thank you all.
We do not know what the future holds, but we know who holds the future.
Thank you for sharing this year with us. “A burden shared is a burden halved. A joy shared is a joy doubled”