"Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away." -James 4:14
|Jim with the boys, Nov 2010|
This past week we rushed to Tennessee in an effort to see my Father-In-Law one last time before he slips into eternity. It was a difficult week, both physically and emotionally. There was only one day where he was alert, but it was good to see him again and have him recognize us.
Jim has been sick, with serious health problems, for as long as I have known him. His life has far exceeded what any of us ever though it would. Yet, at the same time, it seems as though his health has declined so rapidly that we are all left in shock.
The last time we saw him was in November. He has just had surgery for the cancer in his throat, yet he seemed like the same old Jim. Joking, aggravating, hugging, etc. This time, the old Jim was gone forever. The cancer has consumed his body and he spends his days confused and in pain.
Much of our week was spent dealing with the "business" of death-funeral homes, cemeteries, doctors offices, etc. There is still so much to be decided. No final arrangements have been made.
We got the call last night that he has 2 days to 2 weeks left, though only the Lord knows for sure. I think it finally hit my husband last night. He is having a hard time. His mom is having a hard time too. This is the man she has spent much of her life with, often just the two of them. She has depended on him for everything, and will now have to adjust to life without him.
We are praying for the peace and comfort only our Heavenly Father can bring.