Skimming through emails this a.m., I saw this one a friend had written me on the 23rd:
...And in a moment everything changes.
Whatever we can do from the Athens home-front, know we are aching to do it. I have had a vision about your first-born...and it is, in no small measure, heavily influenced by the "Kim Arnold Factor." Katherine has far too much living ahead of her to be slowed down very long by this one. All our hopes and dreams for her return to the people who love her, and to those who love her desperately, are with you. Let me know when I can come to L.A. and spell you at the bedside.
On Sun, Apr 20, 2008 at 8:30 PM, Kimberly Arnold (firstname.lastname@example.org) had written:
Malheuresment, we have an out-of-town Merrill function; but if we get back early enough, I will be there with bells on my fingers and rings on my toes to celebrate your sexy septuaginting(??)....God willing!!! Can't wait for you to join the HGM* club, by the way.........when is yours due?? (I forgot, due to old age.)
Also forgot the date of Book Club...have I missed the 'Cholera' explication/extrapolation? (Am reading it regardless.)
Kim (aka "Mimi, Vivi, Kiki, ETC.)
(* HOT GRAND MOTHERS club)
Obviously, my original email was an RSVP to a friend’s birthday party.
How very true her words are: “And in a moment...” What parties must have been in full progress at Pompei when Vesuvius erupted! I am reminded of that scripture that goes something like, "And when the Son of Man comes, there will be eating and drinking, buying and selling, marrying and being given in marriage..." And in a moment everything changes forever.
Sunday evening’s sassy email is from another life. Less than 24 hours later, we began our existence in a place called the ‘New Normal.’ But I am strangely comforted to note that I had inserted the caveat “God willing” in my response. God’s will was not that we would be at a Merrill function or a birthday party this weekend. It is His will that we are here. Thank God that the trials of the past few years have convinced me beyond a doubt that everything He wills somehow springs out of His perfect love, which is now casting out fear.
Yesterday was grim until very late in the day, when He came through yet again. At one point I was alone in ICU with Kat, trying to keep those horror show pictures of ‘brain damaged’ people out of my mind. I didn’t have much spunk to pray, so I just started reciting any scriptures I could remember. (I always meant to memorize more for “such a time as this.” Do it, my friends!) I was a little surprised (as was the janitor, I’m sure) to hear this one come out of my mouth: “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For these light and momentary trials are winning for us a glory that far outweighs them all...” As my friend Lynn reminds me when I’m venting, “It’s only temporary.” I must continuously remind myself that, contrary to what is seen, Katherine is being covered in glory by these ‘momentary’ trials.
Thank you for your consistent prayer, which truly is changing things. I don’t want to take the focus off of Katherine’s healing for a moment, but if anyone feels led to, I could use some prayer for my neck/back/general health, all of which are starting to worsen. My right shoulder pain is getting severe and beginning to interfere with holding the chunky not-so-little monkey. Thank you in advance, as I know you are faithful friends.
Love to you all,