Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Wednesday, May 18, 2011: New Beginnings

When I was younger I liked this song called "Closing Time" by a group named Semisonic.  There's a line in the song that I reflect on every time I hear the song: "every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end". 

Together you, myself, and Kristi have bravely endured this cancer journey for four and a half years; a journey that has brought so many highs and so many lows; a journey that has spread God's word to all 50 states and over 80 countries across the world.  Together, we have done this and have proven that good things can come from life's most challenging circumstances.  Together, we have demonstrated how God's love can shine even in the darkest of times.

Our journey together began on January 23, 2007 and continues on through today.  Like most journeys, however, this journey too is drawing to an end and a new journey will soon begin.  When the new journey begins only God knows. 

Today, we are faced with the reality that Kristi is going Home to be with Jesus soon.  Her health has deteriorated to a point that makes Hospice believe we are down to but a few short weeks. God's work here with Kristi is almost complete and so we will, again together, mourn for her passing but celebrate the legacy she is leaving behind. 

For Kristi, however, a new journey begins:  Kristi will soon be walking side by side with Jesus.  I can see it now:  Kristi will be President of His card stamping club!  Something urgent must have come up (in heaven) that requires many new cards to be stamped that has made God decide He would like her sooner rather than later.  So it is. 

The coming weeks will be very emotional as she begins to say 'good-bye' to many of her friends.  Kristi has influenced so many people over the years that makes saying 'see you later' (instead of 'good-bye') to each and every one impossible.  If you're hearing of this for the first time by reading it on the blog we are very sorry.  Please understand.  You know Kristi:  if she could she would be going around to everyone personally...even our international followers.  :)

As I said, the next few weeks will be very emotional as she will soon not be able to have a coherent conversation much longer as things progress.  For right now, she is coherent a few hours a day...and those hours we cherish.  No one knows what tomorrow brings so for now we just live day to day.  I'm hoping that one day soon Kristi can muster enough energy for one more post; she has wanted to but just can't get the strength or focus. 

In the meantime, please continue to cover her, myself and the kids, her parents, sister and brother, and all the family in prayer.  Many prayers will be needed.  Thank you all so much!