In this past several days many wonderful things have happened. I've been off line much of the time, so haven't been able to keep posts going.
However, something happened yesterday and I figure this is a reasonable way to get the need out. My youngest sister, Kristan, is from Fairbanks, AK, and we hadn't even seen each other for 10 years. She and her husband, Fred, came to the Lord a few years ago, and I've heard over and over how amazing they are now. We finally saw each other yesterday and spent about 1/2 hour -- in the midst of all kinds of family people coming and going -- talking about some of the wonderful ways the Lord has touched us. Right after we finished, her phone rang. One of her sons was calling to tell her that her husband had been in an accident and someone had been killed. One blessing was that I was in the right place at that very moment, able to wrap my arms around her very firmly and strongly and pray loudly and overwhelmingly so she could hear me over her trembling and sobbing, and even though most of my family in that house at the time is not Jesus-focused, it didn't make a difference; I didn't hold back at all.
In another bit of time the story finally fell into place. The final conclusion hasn't been made, etc., but the main thing is that it appears he ran a red light, and struck a 14-yr old girl who was riding her bike, and she was killed. It's even been said that they saw eye-to-eye right before it struck. Her friend and brother were also with her. There's no way to describe the devastation on all sides of this, of course.
Kristan was going to fly back next Monday after Mom's b-day party which is Saturday. Instead, she is leaving at just about the time this will hit the website. One of the sad things: the girl who was killed has a name nearly identical to hers... Kirsten.
Please just lift this to our Father. Last night as I prayed while floating in and out of sleep I kept hearing "Trust Me." There's nothing else any of us can do.
Thanks so much. I've never asked if it's appropriate, etc., to post things like this, but I'm so limited at this point that all I can do is what I can do.
Even though we've not met, most of you are on my heart. One reason I am looking forward to being home in mid-August is so I can start reading your posts and enjoying your presence.