“Could it be, Lord, in our lost minds, we are truly found? Maybe the route to redemption is that ridiculous. Because Jesus has a track record of showing up right in the middle of crazy, right in the middle of impossible, right in the middle of our hopeless looking circumstances. He enters our chaos and invites us to calm. He enters our pain and covers us in peace. In our gaping lacks we discover overflowing love.
Speak to us, Lord. Meet us in the crazy and offer us the cross.
And I will say it again and claim it again today: “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.”-–From Crazy to the Cross
I went back and reread the above post yesterday. I wrote it back in May after a conversation I had with my dad’s caretaker.
Yesterday I received a call from my oldest brother. My dad has experienced another significant decline in his health. These next few days will most likely tell us whether this is a temporary dip or if this is a significant turning point leading us closer to his passing.
I also spoke to my dad’s caretaker, Frances. She reiterated what my brother had told me and what the hospice nurse had said during her visit. Frances also shared with me a conversation she had with my dad at 3:30am that morning.
Dad: I want to go home.
Frances: You mean to Sierra Vista? (This is where his house is and where he has wanted to go back to ever since his stroke 4 years ago.)
Dad: No, I want to go home.
This morning I thought again of words I shared with you all a couple of weeks ago about why I’m passionate about passing the baton of faith to my son:
Because one day a trial or a pain will come along and knock the wind out of him, and when that happens, I want him to know where home is. Point Home
My prayer for my dad today (and everyday) is this: Lord, overwhelm him with Your presence. You are infinitely bigger than a deteriorating mind and body. Speak to him, Lord. Wrap you arms around him and give him your love and your peace. Help him to recognize and know that You are his home.
“Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.” – Ephesians 3: 17-19