03 November 2009

Challenging Times

Sometimes life just comes at you. Non-stop. And that's the way it is.

I've been gearing up for Relief Society service because we're going to have eight babies in our ward from December to June. That may not sound like a lot to you, but when you have 41 women that you see regularly at church 8 is a huge number. So, I've been making plans to freeze meals and to be really prepared--congratulating myself on having things under control (there was the mistake).

And then this week.

My first counselor is down with the flu. My second counselor's mother had a heart attack and is in the hospital.

One of our members' home burned down yesterday. He, and his family, lost everything. And the smoke from that fire caused damage to an elderly sister's home around the corner. The home that is her source of income because she rents out rooms in it.

Another of our sisters has a disabled son who got pneumonia and has just been transferred to the children's hospital in Boston, to be on a ventilator in the ICU. We're arranging childcare for the other son.

And those are just things that I can talk about.

I am so grateful that the Lord has set up an organization, a plan, to allow us to help our brothers and sisters. I am humbled to be part of that. Yes, life can be challenging, but there are ways to meet those challenges, and the number one way is through faith in our Savior, Jesus Christ.


La Yen said...

Oh man. Please tell me that they had home owner's insurance!

Is there anything we can do to help from afar?

Shannon said...

Oh, I don't like hearing that life is suddenly so hard for so many that I love. Let me know if we can do anything.

Jessica said...

Let me know what I can do to help. I am willing to make meals to. and who’s house burned down? Anything I can do to help with that?

Jackie said...

I wish I was there to help... to babysit,take care of dinner or whatever you needed so that you could focus on caring for those in your ward that need you right now. I am thankful for a wonderful daughter(in-law) who serves so faithfully (both at church and in her family). You and your ward are in my prayers. Huggs

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