We will meet,
or in the air!
Dad has always said that little ditty when he says good-bye (or God be w' ye) to folks.
It takes on a very poignant tone when he says it now. Most of the good-byes Dad says to folks are the 'permanent' sort. It's increasingly unlikely he will meet them again while he is still alive.
It was a real blessing to have my brother Rudy with us for the past week. Rudy flew in from Hawaii to spend these days with Mum and Dad - and his presence was deeply appreciated by them.
Mum continues to amaze with her love and dedication. She is no spring chicken, but continues to serve with such zeal and tenderness.
Ever learning - she is currently reading a Hindi Bible, with an English one next to it to help understand the context.
Dad's energy levels are very low now. He spends most of his time sleeping or sitting in his chair - reading the Bible or a biography (he is currently working through the life of DL Moody)... and that too slowly. Over the last two days he has fallen asleep repeatedly while talking to you. Occasionally he wakes up disoriented about where he is. Loving words and touches and prayers make such a big difference. And the meds help too!
But on the positive side, over the last few days he decided that he wanted to go for walks again - and so goes on small walks, while holding on to the shoulder of a companion. He moves s l o w l y.
The walks are mostly short. And also help Dad sleep better at night.
This evening we had two more good-byes.
Rudy is travelling back to Hawaii. It was a blessed and tear-filled time to say good bye and pray with each other. Dad repeated what he has been saying all through his life... we will meet, here, there or in the air...
We are so amazed by the love that Vicky shows them - how good that God has brought someone like Vicky into their lives - and for his long and faithful service and devotion to Mum and Dad. It was Vicky's caring for them at home that allowed them to stay in Mussoorie till last week!
Vicky went back to Dehra Dun - to be with his wife Sunita and their 2 girls - and then will go up the hill to continue the challenge of looking after our beloved Shanti Kunj again.
It's all very new for us.
Thanks for all of you who have walked with us on these paths.
We really don't know what the future holds - but we know who holds the future!