Praying Them Home

It’s funny how pictures aren’t always worth a thousand words. Unless you know the story, quite often a lot of words are left out.

If you just looked at my photographs of Florida, you’d think we had a lovely time. And you’d be right in many ways. Sandy beaches, Italian dinners, collecting shells, family time; what is better than that?

But, I didn’t tell you about Friday when my mother had an acute attack of some sort in her abdomen, nor Saturday which we spent in the ER of Naples Community Hospital, nor getting on the plane to come home on Sunday. It was the worst flight I’ve taken, trying not to be overcome with the feeling that I was doing exactly the wrong thing by leaving them there. Alone.

Yet, are we really alone? What is my faith worth if I don’t recognize His presence? Not too much. I had my Nook. I had lots of quiet time on the plane. So I read the Psalms, that wonderful collection of poetry which is the Balm of Gilead to my soul. Especially Psalm 31:24.

Once I got home I asked Sara, and Bookfool, and Carol to pray. They don’t know it, but they helped me so much. Together we prayed my parents home.

14 thoughts on “Praying Them Home”

  1. That is so sweet. I'm glad that you turned to friends in time of need. Prayer is so important and I believe in it completely. I'll keep your parents and you too in my prayers in the next little while. Hope things will improve. What a blessing that you were having your "scripture-only read" time this year. Hugs.


  2. Happy you had a beautiful vacation, I miss the Mediterranean coast a lot.Sorry your mother was taken ill, I can immagine taking the plane without your parents, you are so right this is when faith tests us.I see you have a NOOK, how do you like it, I like mine a lot, the price of books is more reasonable, on the other hand I still miss these nice packages at the door :)))Hugs


  3. Thinking of you and adding a prayer from me, too. So many of us are facing parent-care issues, and it's so hard, isn't it? Especially when we're not close by.


  4. Kay, thanks for including me in your prayers; how wonderful it is to be lifted up. I know you've struggled with the issue of parents' illnesses, and it is a terrible trial which requires so much courage. On everyone's part.Sylvie, how nice to have you visit! Sadly, the photos are from the Florida coast, not the Mediterranean, which I, too, sorely miss. I like my Nook a lot; although it does not replace the printed page, it is wonderfully convenient and economical. Do you ever get the Free Book Friday offers from Barnes and Noble? Check their website Saturday morning, which is when it seems to appear for me. :)Audrey, glad you're adding me to your prayers along with the others. I don't know of your circumstances with your parents, but I do know we have many similarities in our lives. Good to be Sisters together!Sara, I can't tell you how much it's meant to me knowing that you were thinking of us and praying for us. Such a total blessing to have your friendship.Simplerpastimes, the good news is that a.) they're home safely now, and b.) the procedure can be done by her favorite doctor her in Illinois. Thanks for your concern.


  5. Oh, my. Despite my gentle fussing about the complex joys of caring for an elderly mother who only lives two minutes from me, I can hardly imagine the anxiety of being so separated from her.It's a blessing indeed that they're home and able to cope in comfortable and familiar surroundings. May you all be surrounded by prayers and love.


  6. I can't imagine the worry of being far from your parents when they aren't well. I'm glad your mom is home safely, and I hope she recovers smoothly.


  7. Oh what a trial it must have been, Bellezza, to learn to fully trust in God's providence and care. I can fully understand how you must have felt not being able to be with your parents in such a difficult time. But, I'm glad they're home and your mother is recovering. Thank you so much for sharing with us. I've learned from your example as well.


  8. Oh, my. That had to be very difficult and scary for you. I'm so glad it turned out okay! Isn't it amazing how even the worst of times can bring its only little ray of light with it?Take care, my dear. I'll be keeping good thoughts…And only 16 more days!cjh


  9. I'm thrilled to hear all is well and they made it home safely. I hope she recovers quickly! And, thanks for asking me to pray. Like Sara, I felt like it was a privilege. 🙂


  10. So sorry to hear about all of this. I'm glad you relied on your faith and the scriptures to see yourself through it. I will be praying for you and your family.


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