This week I found out that one of my favorite people in the blogging world, Amy, is going through a difficult time. I have been "visiting" Amy for over a year now, and I'm sure that those of you who had the chance to stop by Amy's blog at least once, came back again and again, attracted by the gentle, kind, loving and peaceful spirit of her writings. Amy is a devoted wife, helpmeet and mother, and has a passion for taking care of her family and home.
Recently, Amy's health began deteriorating, and it appears she has multiple sclerosis. Amy's husband is a soldier who is now deployed for a year; in the meantime, Amy is beginning to have more and more difficulty performing daily tasks. She has a 20-months-old daughter to take care of. Fortunately several kind people in her community offered their help and support in all that might be needed.
Amy's recent posts were amazing in their courage, grateful spirit, and faith in the Lord. Her words made me realize, more clearly than ever before, how much I have to be thankful for at this very moment: I'm alive and well, and not suffering from any pain or disability; my dear husband is also well, and even though he comes home late, at least I get to see him every day. I'm carrying a precious child, whose arrival is anticipated with prayerful joy. Soon we'll be moving to our own wonderful little home - an endless field for creativity and good work as we make a really cozy little nest out of it. Truly life is wonderful beyond measure - I have been so very, very generously blessed, and I'm ashamed of grumbling occassionally about things like dishes that need to be washed again, and again, and again. Bring on those dishes and dirty floors - at least I can wash my dishes and floors without any difficulty, and for that, I'm grateful.
I invite everyone to join in prayer for Amy, Sean and their little daughter. May the Lord faithfully guide them and protect them, every day during this hard time.