Friday is traditionally a great day for the Maier’s. It is the start of the weekend where we don’t have school or work. We typically make homemade pizza and sometimes watch a movie. Everyone in the family looks forward to what we call “Happy Friday”. This is the second Friday since Tara was diagnosed and it just wasn’t the same. We didn’t have much time with the kids. No pizza. No movie. We really missed that.
But Tara was able to sit and talk with a good friend tonight. They grew up next door to each other, roomed together in college and now both live in Rochester. The way she served Tara was special. It was consistent with the rest of her life through the years.
Consistency is key; when a friend can bless you in time of need and it is the same way they treat you when you are not in need; when our family can have Happy Friday’s even when there is sickness; when joy doesn’t depend on circumstances. The Maiers must get better at this. We need to base our joy on something that is unmovable. We have found Christ to be that rock in the past and need to cling to him now in our time of need. Psalm 40:1-2 says “I waited patiently for the Lord and he inclined to me and heard my cry. He brought me up out of the slimy pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.”
Tara’s recovery from surgery is under way although the cancer journey still looms. We need your prayer support and your comments full of encouragement, funny stories and scripture. She still has some necessary tubes and some on-demand pain medications that help her cope. She is working on deep breathing to help her diaphragm heal, sometimes needing to sit up to make that happen. She was moved from ICU to regular care today. Pray for good sleep for her (and me as I slumber party with her each night). Pray for a sweet reunion with her kids that won’t wear her out. Pray for the will to get up and walk around despite the pain she feels. The quicker she recovers the quicker she gets to phase 2, chemotherapy. There is a long road ahead of us. We need to have a firm place to stand so that joy will be there all along. Christ is our rock.