Most of you know that Meredith's dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in November of last year. Over the last few weeks he has battled serious infections and other complications that developed as a result of his disease. This past weekend, his organs began to fail and on Sunday morning, Meredith's dad died.
Meredith flew to Arkansas on Sunday. John and the kids are driving from Colorado today. Over the next few days, Mer and her family will have a series of memorial services and visitations in two different cities in Arkansas before they travel back to Colorado.
Please pray for Meredith and her family. Pray for safe travel for John and the kids today and for the rest of the family as they travel different places throughout the week. Pray for peace and strength for Mer. Pray that Mer and her family will have the wisdom they need to deal with all the details and questions and decisions that follow a family member's death. Pray that they will deal effectively with the physical and emotional stressors that this week will bring. Pray for physical and emotional health for Meredith and her family.
I certainly don't know what else to say or do for Meredith right now. I can't tell you precisely how she's feeling. At times like these, I'm so grateful that she and I share a Father Who does know exactly how she feels and what she needs, because He Himself is everything she needs. In the last two emails I received from Meredith she told me that she has felt supernatural strength, grace, prayers, and God's provision for her over the last couple of days. Her faith is what will support her through this week and in the days and weeks ahead.
She will also draw from our strength and encouragement and support. I am sure that she can't respond to each individual email, comment, or text right now, but I know she appreciates the heart and love behind each one. We will be patient and give her the time she needs to work through the jumble of emotions she may be feeling. I feel confident that as soon as she is able, she will be back here to let you know how she's doing. She will have tough days, I'm sure, but I am confident that she will get through this.
Thank you (from Meredith) for being such sweet friends.