|Dr. Mel and her mother being silly.|
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Keeping Christ in Christmas
Today's message from me is very personal; not that my others aren't. However, due to life's circumstances around, I too become stressed and shed a tear or two. This week is no exception as I face a difficult time with my mother's illness. My mother, Helen Ray, is my best friend. She always has been. There hasn't been anything we couldn't talk about, and I mean nothing. We've traveled the world, gone to the beach on Mother's Day, and every Christmas, me, my sisters, and my mother go on a cruise. In fact, we are scheduled to leave on a cruise this Sunday. However, life circumstances won't allow it this year. My mother is 86, and two years ago in October, she was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer. Her prognosis was six to eight months, so that Christmas we took our cruise believing that it would be our last together. God had other plans. Through his divine healing, after her radiation treatments, she went into remission. One year later, we went on our Christmas cruise. Last summer, cancer lifted its ugly head again and she had to have more radiation. Now, I jump to a week before Thanksgiving this year. My mother, although in remission, fractured her L3. Last Friday, she had a procedure where the surgeon put cement into the fracture hoping to relieve the pain. Her recovery has been difficult and she is in a great deal of pain, can barely sit up, can't get out of bed without assistance, and more. You get the picture.
I am sharing with you these very private moments for two reasons. First, I ask all prayer warriors to pray for her that God's will shall be done in His name. Secondly, I have to share that my authors who I have help to publish their books, edited them, or marketed them, have gathered around me as prayer warriors. It is heartwarming and comforting that people who I have never met face to face have shown me support and prayed for my mother and my family during this difficult time. With all of the toxic activity and people in this world, their selfless acts of compassion have uplifted my soul and strengthened my faith that whatever happens, it is God's plan. I believe that and find comfort.
Last night, I prayed over my mother as she slept. I wasn't selfish in my prayer, rather I lifted her and her team of doctors up. That's when I heard a voice in my head that said, "What about you?" I at first thought I was losing my mind. Then I replied, "What about me?" That's when it hit me, I needed prayer too. I know that if you ask, you shall receive and to pray specifically. The problem with that for me last night was that I didn't know what to pray for other than my mother. So I simply asked God to bring something or someone into my life to help me support my mother and my sisters through this difficult time. I needed to hear or read something to find peace in my heart. I fell asleep to the sound of my mother's oxygen machine.
When I woke up this morning, she felt a little better, but no where near where she needed to be. She ate a little breakfast, then went to sleep. That's when I checked my email and discovered a message from one of my authors who I had helped by the name of Willie Smith. The message was very simple and direct asking me how my mother was doing and he informed me that he was praying for us. Then, he sent me a link to something that he wrote years before hoping that it would bring peace and comfort to me. Wait!!! Did he say peace? Wow! God answered that prayer quickly.
I read what Willie sent and cried. I knew others needed to read these words so I asked him if he would be a guest blogger today. I want to share with you this message of peace and pray that you find it to.
Thank you Willie for agreeing.
My prayer for all of us is that we keep Christ in Christmas.
May you find peace,
Posted by Dr. Melissa Caudle at 10:45 AM