I’m beginning to believe that “normal” is highly overrated. For the most part, as long as life is “normal” we don’t even think about it but once “normal” has been disrupted, it invades our core being. We ask questions like, “Will life ever be “normal” again?”
Frankly, life is never “normal.” There may be patterns to life that makes us feel like all is “normal” but in essence, each day or season of life is diverse and by its diversity, makes our lives a beautiful tapestry rather than a monotone existence.
Some times are full of the vibrant colors of life – new children, major goals that are accomplished – and others are shades of gray or even black – illness, sorrow. We are living in one of those gray areas of life. Yes, there are smatterings of color along the way that brighten this time and help carry us along.
As we approach Thanksgiving, it is important to look back at all those bright spots along the way that keep us going even when life is far from “normal.”
- Friends who continue to pray for us.
- Emails, cards and calls that come our way, often just at a time when we need someone to help carry us through the day.
- Old friends that have celebrated with us the exciting times in our lives – marriage, Brooklyn’s arrival – and new friends who have only known us during this difficult time of Dennis’ illness but have opened their hearts to us.
- Meals, rides, project help, packages, visits…So many ways people have encouraged us and so often they have come at times when we were at the end of our strength but had not even shared our needs but God placed us on their hearts.
- Help with Brooklyn after school, during Dennis’ appointments or just to give her a break.
- Medical staff who could see just one more person with cancer but instead, know Dennis as a person and show compassion.
Yes, we attempt “normal.” In a few days, we will host our “normal” Thanksgiving gathering. We will be surrounded by friends and family, enjoy a typical Thanksgiving meal, watch some football and enjoy some good conversations but under all of it is a current of "not-quite-normal.” But in this "not-quite-normal” time, we have been blessed in ways we never would have experienced otherwise.
So as we approach this holiday, we are thankful for so many blessings God has given us. As we move into yet another season of this cancer journey, although we enter it with much foreboding and dread, we know God is walking through this with us and will have many vibrant colors to brighten this path as well.
May you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
- Dennis’ new treatment starts on Monday, Dec. 2. Please pray for him during this time.
- We are in the process of insurance approvals for this new treatment. Please pray for their approval.