Friday, November 28, 2014

A Note from Bud

I wanted to share this Facebook post from Bud. 
Bud is my first husband's younger brother.  He stayed with us for a few months many, many years ago after he graduated from high school  Last year, in December, he was found to hve stage four cancer in his bones, his lungs, and I-don't-remember where-all in his body. 
He has posted regularly to share his progress, his concerns, and his great faith in God.  Many of his posts share his trials with pain and nausea, his concerns about leaving his wife, and his difficulties accepting the current limitaions of his body.
But he maintains a great faith in the goodness of life, the greatness of God, and the strength to be found in love.
This is what he wrote for Thanksgiving


Happy Thanksgiving Everybody!!!

   One of the neatest things about being in a personal relationship with God is when He says "I love you son, here" and gives you one of your heart's desires.  Last night my wife got a phone call from my oldest son, he needed to borrow a stock pot.  So of course she said "sure!" knowing that if she went over there she would get to play with the kids : ) 
   I had struggled to sleep the last couple of nights but was feeling fairly good when the call came through.  I wanted to go "yea, I'll go play with the grandkids" but I knew the next day was Thanksgiving and I would need to have some energy so I stuck out my lip shoved my hands in my pockets and let my wife go without me.
   Then this morning came.  I slept in a little late after haivng the best sleep I've had in a week.  I soaked in a hot tub, ate a yogurt for breakfast and got myself ready for Thanksgiving dinner at my son's house.  The meal was incredible.  Chris' turkey was so moist, juicy, and flavorful it was difficult not to gorge myself.  Between his greenbeans and Carolyn Burgraff's yams, Albert Law's brother's homemade bread and some great sweet tea I barely saved myself enough room for my daugter-in-law's homemade pies - made completely from scratch.  She had pealed her own pumpkins, sliced her own apples, prepared her own crust...I mean completely from scratch.
   But as good as the food was, the company was better.  I got to see the Law family members that I hadn't seen for a while.  From Grandma Bev and the Colonel to Uncle Stan to Grandma Jenny and the Breziks...the fellowship was great!  I got to play not only with my own grandkids but with Albert's too.  By the time we left I was tired, a little sleepy but I couldn't get the grin off my face.  It was one of the best Thanksgivings that I've had in years and I didn't have to do any dishes!  I coughed very little and was basically pain free all day.  I felt so wrapped in God's love it was difficult not to cry.
   I've been lookng forward to posting one of these that wasn't all about pain, suffering, and cancer.  Today God gave me that.  I certainly hope that each and everyone one of you had a great Thanksgiving as well cuz God made mine wonderful today.  I certainly want to thank God, I have so much to be thankful for.  I'm too giddy to make the massive list...all I can say is Thank you God, Thank you God, Thank you God.  May God bless each of you on this fine Thanksgiving evening.
   Yours In Him,
   Mr. Bud
Psalm 100
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God. It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, the sheep of His pasture.
Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name.
For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.

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