Friday, September 3, 2010

From Laughter to Tears

In my previous life I worked in fund-raising for a small southern liberal arts women's college.  It was hard work but the thing that I absolutely loved the MOST was getting to know the students.  They were about 10 years younger than I was and had such interesting lives.  Most of my interaction with them was in the dining hall (the food was actually pretty decent).  There was a set of twins that would sit with me and my coworkers.  They were hilarious.  I'm talking fall down laughter that makes you pee in your pants funny.  They were from this small town in the south and had a hard life that they learned to laugh at.  Fast forward 8 years...

I reconnected with one of the twins, Erin, because she worked for a non-profit agency that I needed information from.  Through the modern marvel of facebook and email we became 'electronic' friends.  She has a love for God and family that is infectious!  And she's still funny!  But here come the tears.  About 15 months ago, her husband was diagnosed with a very rare form of sinus cancer.  You may have seen her blog on my side bar called Cancer 2.0.  It is a heartbreaking read.  Her husband has been through a lot and the latest 'news' is NOT very good.  They are choosing to fight this, not only for themselves but for their 2 1/2 year old daughter.  Cancer is such a dreaded disease that just makes me so angry.  I've lost a sister, two uncles, and an aunt-in-law to this stupid disease.

This has been so heavy on my heart.  I've cried.  I've asked God to give me Erin's tears so she can find strength.  I have a favor to ask you, my readers.  Will you add this sweet family to your prayers?  I believe in the power of prayer.  I know God can heal him.  I don't know if he will choose to.  That's His will.  Pass this family on to anyone that you know that is a prayer warrior.  I want God to know that they are loved as a family in Christ!

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