Mercies in Disguise


‘Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise – Laura Story

I would like to begin this story about a week ago, but I’m not going to. Perhaps I will go back and make a timeline at a different sitting. Right now, time has no relevance. The laundry in the dryer has no relevance. The event I volunteered for next weekend has no relevance.

The reality I now need to embrace is this: my husband has cancer. That is just a great big whole lot of nothing, and a great big whole lot of everything. If you’ve ever sat in the chair and heard the diagnosis, you know exactly what I mean.

I originally started this blog to talk about the “funeral directing life” — I am going to detour the blog now to talk about our “life in the valley.” It is obvious, from this past few days, that people want to know what is happening and how we’re doing. It is also obvious that I cannot keep up the marathon of information dissemination via text.

The first item to address is that we are still here for you. The exact “how to” of running a business during this season of our lives is still coming into focus. We are making decisions to eliminate and alter those things that we need to; we will get help where help is needed; and we will continue to focus on three things – God and our community of believers, our family, and our business family. We are committed to providing funeral service to our community. And we are thankful that you are committed to us as well.

Many of you have taken this hike that we’re about to begin. You know the lay of the land. It has many twists and turns and evades anticipation and planning. But as we move forward, we are confident that God is with us every step of the way.