Springing up.


Hope is the easy part. It comes quickly, springing up. An anchor for the soul. The waiting? The healing? Is not easy. Nor natural, nor quick. But it’s full of lessons. A whirlwind of lessons– and results and news. Confusing news. Mixed news. Bad news. Good news. Mediocre news. No news. And, if I’m going to be transparent, maybe a whirlwind of tears on my part through all of it. So now, while words like ‘tests’ and ‘results’ and ‘medications’ and ‘diagnosis’ and ‘disease’ and ‘we’ll have to wait and see’ bring anxiety, a word like ‘hope’ helps us breathe. And, as ever, breathing is a good thing.

And though I hardly trust myself to write in any coherent form right now, I knew it was time to say just this:

While we are waiting, and while I heal, we thank you. Yes, you, who are reading these words right now. Because I have a feeling– no, it’s more than a feeling;  I know- that in some way you have cared, or thought, or done, or written, or prayed, or listened. And it is for all those reasons that while we wait, and that while we wish we had the answers right now, we just have to say thank you. For waiting. For caring. For praying.

And for hoping, right alongside us.


“Dum spiro, spero.”

-Cicero, from the Latin

August 26, 2010 - 2:35 pm

erin - Betsy,

Please know that I have thought of you and just got done saying a small prayer for you and Paul–for comfort. God always provides!

August 26, 2010 - 3:35 pm

Sarah - Betsy,
You and your precious family are in my thoughts and prayers on a daily basis. I hardly know what to say, except that I’m praying for you and hoping for all the best.

August 26, 2010 - 4:00 pm

Bonnie - Betsy dear Betsy we love you.

August 26, 2010 - 7:00 pm

Sharon - Aw Betsy–the not knowing is so hard. I pray for patience for you and your loved ones and God’s mercy and healing. We love all of you so much.

August 27, 2010 - 8:01 pm

Donna - We are waiting and hoping along with you, Betsy, and your loved ones. We do care and are praying for God’s healing hand upon you.

August 28, 2010 - 8:03 pm

Bethany - LOVE YOU! Cant stop thinking about you and praying your doing ok :) Sending you wet boy kisses from gavin and ryker :)

August 30, 2010 - 6:08 am

Ellen - Betsy – not a day goes by that Jim and I don’t send thoughts and prayers your way. Ray sends big toddler hugs. :-)

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