Wednesday, November 19, 2003


Suddenly our holiday traditions are in a state of flux. During every year of our marriage, in fact even when we were engaged, Amy and I have gone to Dallas for Thanksgiving. My Aunt, a saintly woman who served as my guardian during a few of my rebellious teen years, lives in Dallas, and Thanksgiving is the time that we've set aside to make sure we visit her.

Amy's health is in a state of flux this year though. It's looking increasingly like we might not be able to make the trip. That's weighing on me today.

Nothing is decided yet. Amy has more doctor appointments on Monday and those will likely determine our course.

I'm not sure what to pray for quite honestly. Part of me wants to maintain our tradition, but another side of me wouldn't resist the prospect of not having to travel, not having to kennel the dogs, not having to pay for a motel room, not getting caught up in the bustle.

I think I'll just keep it simple...and pray that I remember I have much to give thanks for, even in times of turmoil.

However it works out, that is not going to change.

Psalm 119:114

You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word.