My apologies if this is awkward or inappropriate. I must admit that it feels odd, but so many of you have been a part of our lives through this blog that it feels as though I should say something.
I received word from my sister in Texas last night that my mother has died. Consequently, we are packing the van and heading down there ASAP. Actually, we would have left last night, but after getting packed and dressed we remembered that the van was in the shop. This morning I was able to call and find out that they had not yet been able to begin work on the van, so my wife is picking it up right now as I type and we should be heading out within the hour.
I should, perhaps, say one thing here: the woman whom many of you met at the Feast of Tabernacles in Texas is not my mother — that is my mother-in-law. Several I have spoken to since the events of last November have expressed concern that the wonderful lady they met in New Braunfels was the one about whom I was speaking, so we thought this was as good a place as any to let people know that the woman they met was my wife’s mother, and she is doing just fine. My step-father, mother, and sister are not in the church, though they have been very supportive of us — both of our beliefs and of my move into the ministry.
So many of you have asked over the last month-and-a-half how my mother was doing and had sent her a card wishing her well and telling her you were praying for her, and I wanted to say that your concern has been very much appreciated — thank you, so much. Her last doctor visit with her cardiologist was just a week ago; the outlook seemed good, and our hopes were very high that her recovery would continue to go well. So, while on one hand this is to a great degree a shock for my family, at the same time we have understood that there was always a possibility of something like this occurring.
Again, please forgive me if this post is inappropriate or awkwardly worded. I will admit that I am not thinking as clearly this morning as I like to think that I normally do.
I will not be posting for a few days, as we will be in Texas taking care things and spending time with my family.
Finally, if you have an opportunity today, share your love with those close to you, and let them know how much they mean to you. And if you don’t think you have such an opportunity today, please consider creating such an opportunity. The tomorrows we wait for do not always arrive.