In the middle of grief and loss there is also Joy. Yesterday afternoon at about 4:15 p.m. Diane’s mother Hazelle finished the race and received the commendation, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Hazelle was truly a servant of others with the spiritual gift of service (Romans 12) and this was definitely her “seat of joy.”
Even now as I write this I hear Diane and her sister-in-law upstairs going through Hazelle’s cedar chest. I hear a lot of reminiscing and laughter. Yes, joy and loss can be present at the same time.
Yesterday’s attempt to draw the fluid from under Diane’s left lung was not very successful as they were only able to get 6 cc’s instead of the liter or two that they wanted. Today’s Pet Scan seemed to go much better, but now we wait until Thursday morning for the results.
Diane had a hard time going to sleep last night. All she needed was to be held and soon she was receiving God’s gift of sleep.