Today is Good Friday. As I write this to you Maria is having an MRI done at St. Jude’s in Memphis, Tennessee. This is where we have decided to take Maria for her treatment. Maria is there with her Dad right now and the boys and I are anxiously awaiting their arrival home this evening. We are not complete without them.
Ed and Maria will have to return to St. Jude’s on Easter Sunday to begin Maria’s six-week treatment. The boys and I will join them. Right now we are trying to figure out logistics.
We want to personally thank all of you for your prayers, gifts, thoughts and love. Ed and I are truly overwhelmed by the love and support we continue to receive on a daily basis. When we are at our lowest somehow someone or something comes along to lift us and we continue on. Before all of this, I don’t know if I would have believed there to be so many wonderful caring hearts in this world. Let me assure you that now I know there are and I hope this can be encouragement to all of you.
Somehow in all of this we have to find meaning. This can be very difficult for us. I often think of the prayer from St. Therese of Lisieux that I have turned to many times in the past:
Everything is a grace … Everything is the direct effect of our Father’s love, difficulties, contradictions, humiliations, all the soul’s miseries, her burdens, her needs, Everything, because through them she learns humility, realizes her weakness. Everything is a grace, because Everything is God’s gift. Whatever be the character of life or its unexpected events-to the heart that loves, all is well.
I hope that many of you can find comfort from this in your own lives.
Ed and I hope and pray for a miracle for our Maria. How much good she has left to do here. We knew she was so special from the day she was born. So bright. So loving. So wonderful. So thoughtful. We believe there are great things in store for her. The world should have the opportunity to know her and share in the gifts she has to offer.
I hope we can all be witnesses to the miracle of God’s eternal love for us. As a friend of mine just wrote me: "Maria will show us the awesome work that the Lord can do." I believe this. Thank you for your continued prayers. They will move mountains.
Ed and Megan