Three weeks after posting Dream of two horses, my elderly father was admitted to the hospital with kidney failure. He returned home a week later to continue healing from the lingering effects of toxins that accumulated in his body and brain. His speech, memory, taste and appetite were all affected, together with significant loss of strength and balance.

Once home, Dad slept all but a few hours a day, leaving his bedroom only to use the bathroom. Uncertain what to do, especially since he was adamant about not going back to the hospital, the Holy Spirit instructed me saying “when your Dad falls twice in a day, it’s time to readmit him”. Days later, Dad fell twice in 12 hours and the county 9-1-1 responders transported him to the hospital.

The months since have been tiring and stressful, from dealings with the hospital, health care providers, nursing homes, social services, Medicare, Medicaid, insurance, attorneys and the like. By far the most stressful element, has been in helping Dad to make an honest assessment of his health and care needs and to accept his placement in a skilled nursing facility.

At about the same time Dad fell ill, my wife developed a condition for which she’s having surgery next week. Not to be outdone, my cat Tigger developed a hyperthyroid condition that causes seizures and needs treatment. Then there’s me, still recovering from a heart attack last April and dealing with fatigue from the medications I take to heal my heart, along with making arrangements for shoulder replacement surgery in December.

“When it rains, it pours” is certainly true during this season and I would otherwise be overwhelmed except for the Holy Spirit who spoke words of encouragement to me when all this started last June.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Indeed, I can. Thank you, Jesus!