Dad’s update for 05/30/2022 – One Year After

Well, it’s been basically a year since the wheels came off Elizabeth’s bus.  I am glad to say that things are getting back to ‘normal,’ but it is a new normal.  Sort of like before and after COVID.  Things will never be the same but the worst of the crisis seems to be past.  A year ago, the four of us went down to Florida on vacation.  This year, we all joined together again out in Nebraska and did some vacationy things (see photo of the twins at the Omaha zoo).  And the future seems imaginable again.  Elizabeth is getting ready to go back to work (as a State-Tested Nursing Assistant) at a local nursing home.  And she’s also getting ready to go back to Kent State this Fall to finish up her last semester and get her B.S. Nursing degree.  Of course, there are still many medications and clinic visits and there will still be follow-up procedures (like she had her mediport removed this past week).  But we are hoping towards the future.

When considering old and new, before and after, I can’t help but think of Jesus.  He was the before and after so much that our very calendar is defined around His birth.  He changed the world and He changes each of us.  Until we join Him forever in heaven, of course our ‘new life’ still suffers in this old world.  But His Word promises that all will be made new.  Meanwhile, today’s song is New Life (Devan Bumstead) [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXx4qgzv1so] and today’s verse is 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV) which says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

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