I've been thinking and meaning to write about Lent for ... well, I guess about 40 days. But Lent has been deeply personal for me this year, hard to write about without writing about everything in my heart. I never got around to distilling it in any way.
I will just say that God has planned our Lent in ways we never imagined, doing any and all work Himself; and then came Passiontide.
In the wee hours of the morning on the 22nd--Passion Sunday--the police knocked on our door.
My mother-in-law died in a tragic accident on the evening of Saturday, March 21. It was the most unexpected of deaths.
Michael got sick and started throwing up while the police were there. Keith was already suffering from health issues. And several hours before our family left for the airport, Dominic started throwing up with the same illness Michael had just gotten over, meaning that I had to unexpectedly leave my nursing babies behind for six days while we went to San Francisco. Keith was so ill when we got there that he spent the first day in bed.
And then, the suffering that comes with the death of a parent. With any violent and unexpected death.
I haven't been sure what to write here, in part because I wasn't sure why I'd be writing it. There is so much I cannot say on this blog. But I am telling you for the obvious reasons, I guess--we tell our friends when family members die. And also to ask for your prayers for the repose of her soul, particularly as we approach Easter and Mercy Sunday. There is so much hope in the face of death in this time of the liturgical year. I have so much trust in His timing, and we have encountered much goodness in the face of our sadness.
But please, as you finish reading this, say a prayer for us, and pray for the repose of the soul of Nancy Blum.