Woman on the Edge: Peaceful easy feeling

Published: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 02:19 PM.

A dear friend of the Press Gazette has been in the hospital for what seems like more than a month. She had major surgery and is experiencing a lot of ups and downs. She was our typesetter for years. She is one of the nicest and most gentle souls I’ve ever known. She has spent most of her life caring for her brother, who has a host of medical issues. 

She and I were working one late night together a long time ago. She told me about her husband and how he drowned in a diving accident when they had not been married for very long. I believe that was more than 20 years ago.

She seemed to have such a peace about it and I found my thoughts wandering to her apparent confidence in God’s outcome for all of us.

When she and I worked together at the Press Gazette, my desk used to be located by the front door. I was in a vantage point to see her greet customers and answer questions with a smile. Everyone seemed to know her, including her church family - always important to her. She has always been a soft-spoken woman, smiling and not wanting to bother anyone.

She’s lying in a hospital bed now and I’ve been praying for her, but I’m not sure what to pray for exactly. Do I pray that she makes a full recovery and continues to live her life as she did before she fell ill, even though she is going to continue to have physical challenges?

Or do I pray for God to end her suffering?

I’m glad God has this one because I would not want to be responsible for such a decision.

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