My sister called me at 7 a.m. my time. I wasn’t awake, but I got the message later in the morning. I knew something must be bothering her as she doesn’t call me that late (11 p.m. Texas time).
One of my aunt’s is really sick and I figured the call was concerning her. I have always been close to my mom’s family. Back when I was still in seminary, in two years, 4 of her siblings died. Mom has been gone now 3 years, and I try to keep in contact with her 4 siblings and their families. But, I must admit that living this far from “home” is difficult in times like this.
I spoke with my aunt by phone last Saturday and she could hardly speak. She tried to talk but I could tell it was painful for her to do so. I did my best to encourage her to remain strong and to rely upon God.
I lived with this aunt and her husband for a season when I was a young adult. They allowed me to live with them while I tried to find a job in 1984. The job market was incredibly tight then, but my aunt and uncle did their best to help me.
I love my family tremendously. God has blessed me with some very loving and giving people in my live who have been great to me. Therefore, it is tough being so far away from them with the only communication being by phone.
So, I pray and ask for God to be present in their lives, to fill them with His love and comfort and to bless them, even while I live far from “home.”