The silver cross hangs from my car mirror. On it is inscribed, ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me’. How often I read those words and prayed for strength after first, my mother’s diagnosis with multiple myeoloma – then her fall down my stairs while on Coumadin (blood thinner) and the flight from New Hampshire to Mass General with the diagnosis of a prominent brain bleed. She at that time was given four hours to live. Mom lived almost another year, and given the opportunity to enjoy her family.
The couple of months one to two times a day driving into Boston to see mom in the ICU was wearing to my spirit. Also managing my medications and stress level was important, along with counseling sessions. Life was full, but so focused on stress and life and death. It was a crazy time.
Though staring at me while in my car so often hung that cross with the perfect verse to maintain my sanity and strength through those times, till long after that time when I was caring for my mom in my home. It was so very difficult to care for mom, but I would do that over in a heartbeat. I learned so much about the strength of love during that time. And we became the best of friends.
That cross still hangs from my mirror, and that promise from God still inspires me. Because I know without fault that God will strengthen me and I CAN do all things through Christ. Thanks to you God!!