Wow – I think I want to avoid days when Eric leaves for Tohoku- they seem like doozer days! Influenza; my back going out; and today – continued lower back pain, my cell phone crashing, and the return of lice in two of our kids’ hair. (I have always vowed to be “real” about our missionary lives – it doesn’t get much more real than lice!) I have to tell you- lice for me has to be among the creepiest and worse mom scenarios. But here we go – round two begins!
Tonight, not wanting to poison our kids with more of the special shampoos that did not work anyway after a week’s use in round one, I tried a variety of natural remedies highly recommended — Denorex, vinegar, blow-dryer, and hair spray. The kids didn’t get to bed until 10 pm as I subjected them all to these . Oh- the joys of more stacks of laundry that need to be done tomorrow!
I have been pretty aware these past few weeks of my fraility. That I am a broken vessel who God somehow wants to empower for day to day living. But boy- there are moments in my days when I don’t know quite how this is all going to happen. Today, two special friends sent me words that quite literally helped me get through.
A friend JoNancy sent me this poem by Joseph Bayly, titled “While Packing Books”:
How many rise up against me!
…But you are a shield around me, O LORD;
you bestow glory on me and lift up my head.
To the Lord I cry aloud,
and he answers me from his holy hill.
I lie down and sleep;
I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.
…From the Lord comes deliverance.
May your blessings be on your people!