7/12/15

If You Believe in Prayer, Then Please Pray!

Hey everyone.  I thought long and hard about whether to do this post.  Unless I'm sharing something cute and fun about our grandchildren, I tend to be very private.  I thought about how grateful it makes me feel when I can offer some little bit of hope and tender words when one of you asks, and felt it was selfish not to give you the same chance.  You are all such wonderful people, and I truly feel you are my friends; and sometimes we just need to know that our friends are thinking about us.

It seems 2015 has really tested our strength with sadness & sorrow.  We've lost two very good friends, & a cousin who was also a friend.  We are now faced with the heartache of losing my hubby's sister, Carol and my dear sister-inlaw.  She has battled the demon cancer for over four years and has reached that point where there is nothing left to do.  Hospice will be taking over her care this next week, and we will be seeing her in a few days.  My hubby is devastated.  He and Carol have always had a close bond that has only intensified as they have each gotten older.  For me, she has always been the sister I didn't have.  She has an amazing countenance and says she is ready and at peace with what comes next.  None of the rest of us have found that peace yet.  She has been married for almost fifty years, and her husband is a kind and gentle man.  She has three grown children and four grandchildren.  She has three siblings, their spouses and countless friends who will miss her so much.  

If you do believe in prayer, then I ask you to pray that Carol does not suffer.  I hope you will pray for those of us who will be left behind, that we can be strong for her as she bids us goodbye.  I hope you will pray that we can all draw upon some of the strength Carol has always had, and make this stage easier for her. 

Thank you all so much.

24 comments:

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

I'm so sorry to hear this. I will send up prayers for dear Carol as well as the entire family. Thinking of you and sending hugs your way. xoxo

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Praying - Such a very hard time. God Bless

Kim said...

Sending prayers to you all, Carol. I am so sorry. xo

Kristi said...

I will pray for her and the whole family. May you find peace and comfort during this difficult time.

Dee M said...

So very, very sorry, Carol. Sending virtual hugs to you and offering up prayers, as well.

Vel Criste said...

Prayers now and everyday your way Carol. Hugs to you, your hubs and your dear sister in law. Hope her final days will be full of meaning, happiness and comfort from all the love she has and will continue to have...

Melissa said...

Thank you for sharing. I truly hope you and your family will be able to find strength and peace during this time.

Vicky Hunt said...

I am so sorry to hear this sad news about your sister-in-law. I'm not one to use the word hate much, but oh how I hate cancer. It robbed my husband of his father over three years ago. It has taken or is taking many others we know and love as well. I will pray for your sweet SIL and your family. I know this is a very difficult time for you all. Hopsice is wonderful though and I pray they will make her transition from this life into heaven as pleasant and pain free as possible.

Hugs and Prayers, Vicky

chateau chic said...

I am so sorry to hear of your pending loss of Carol. Of course, it's more difficult for family and friends who are left behind when a loved one has the hope of Heaven. I know the Lord will send you his grace and mercy when she is gone.
Mary Alice

Consider It All Joy said...

Carol ~ You know I am praying for your family this week as you prepare to travel and spend time with family member, especially Carol! Believing that she has great hospice workers who help her in all areas of concern. Believing for safe travels and blessed time together! His Peace to You, Cindy

Gina said...

I'm so sorry, Carol. I will send prayers your way.

xinex said...

I am so sorry, Carol but i just prayed for her...Christine

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Carol,
I am so very sorry for this heartache in your life and those that are dearest to you. Please know that I am sending prayers now and will continue to do so.
May our Heavenly Father hold you and yours so close that His love and comfort ease your pain and sorrow.
Jemma

Maria Elena said...

Oh, Carol, I am so sorry this is happening to your family. I and sending my prayers now and I will be praying for Carol and your entire family. Big, big hug dear friend. Maria

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

I like to think as people relocating to Heaven, as I do believe in life after this life. But there is no easy way around it. Grieving is a necessary and healthy part of this journey. Will keep her and the family in my thoughts and prayers

Debby Ray said...

I am so sorry, Carol. I love what Daniela (above) has posted in her comment. I pray for the Lord to send His Holy Spirit to comfort and give peace to you and your loved ones during this time of sorrow and uncertainty.

DD's Cottage said...

Sending prayer to Carol and your family

Calypso In The Country said...

Saying prayers and sending hugs to you, Carol. I am so sorry to read this news.
Take care dear friend, Shelley

Teresa@1800 Farmhouse Rd said...

I am so sorry that I have not stopped by and checked on you sooner. Prayers for all involved, and I am so sorry for all that you and your sweet husband are going thru. I am also going to facebook and send a friend request so that I can keep check on ya'll.

Traci said...

Sending prayers for Carol & both of you & the rest of the family. Cancer sucks.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Sending prayers your way for both you and your dear SIL. So sorry that your family has to go through this.
I did want to also thank you for stopping by! A dear co worker of mine was recently diagnosed with cancer and that helped me make up my mind to go part time because Life is all too short and things can change in an instant as you well know.

Hugs,
Deb

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Dear Carol, I am so sorry to read about your SIL. Prayers said for her and your whole family.
God Bless you all in the days ahead.
Hugs, cm

Nellie's Cozy place said...

HI Carol,
Am so sorry I did not read this sooner, but we have been away and busy since we returned.
So very sorry to hear about your dear sister-in-law. Will sure be praying hon, now that I know.
So glad that she is at peace, and will be praying for her, you and your family and hers.
May the Lord's presence and peace be upon you all.............
Love and blessings, Nellie

Pendra said...

My prayers are with you and your family. I went through hospice when I lost my Mom and Dad, it was so special that they both were able to stay in their home, with family surrounding them and also their loved companion dogs. I hope you find strength and peace.

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