A week ago Friday (25 Oct), my grandmother suffered a massive stroke some time overnight while sleeping. My uncle went to wake her in the morning when she didn't come downstairs for breakfast and she was unresponsive. Ambulance transported her to our local hospital, who then proceeded to transfer her to Iowa City Hospital so she could be cared for by the best neurologists in our surrounding area.
Fast forward to just a week later, and Grandma has been transferred back locally and is in a skilled care facility doing really well physically. She has a lot of rehab ahead to help regain her right side movements and improve her speech; but she can get around pretty darn good already and do many things for herself with just a little help. It's so encouraging and inspiring to be around such a beautiful and strong soul!
As I watched my family this week trying to navigate these really hard, uncertain times....I reflected so much on so many wonderful memories I have with sweet Grandma. I thanked God over and over that my husband and I are stationed back 'home' for a season. She is the center, the core, of our disconnected often dysfunctional family. She is what brings everyone around for the holidays and special occasions. I can't help but wonder what's ahead for our family one day when Grandma goes home to dance with Jesus?? Will our family fall apart? Will our family come together?
My prayer seems so small and simple, yet bigger than any human could make come true on their own. My prayer is that our family can be filled with healing and grace filled hearts to navigate redemption NOW! Now while we still have opportunities to build more memories ALL together! Now while we still have time to make Grandma's wishes come true....a prayer of her family so strong together, not anything nor anyone, can break them up!