StateSide Initial Thoughts

Hi folks! This is Tricia with a quick States-side update for y'all. But first I need to say:

HAPPY EASTER! He is risen indeed!!!

And even though things have been difficult, I feel as though I haven't celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ so deeply in a long time. With my father nearing the end of his life, the resurrection of Jesus Christ and his victory over death is meaning more to me than ever before. Easter has been my favorite day of the year but this year even more so.

For the readers that haven't heard, my father is lying in hospice care right now and we aren't sure how long he has left. But he has lately confessed Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and I feel confident that my father is covered by the blood of the lamb and that he will be accepted with open arms by my God and friend, Jesus, when the time comes. I have every reason to celebrate today!!!!!! This life is passing away but a new birth is just around the corner and it will be better than anything my father has ever imagined.

My God is so amazing that he has breathed new life into my mother and brother as well. I ask that you would continue with your prayers for my whole family, that God would continue to use this brief trial to purify and strengthen their faith and mine. Kelly, Ethel and Joy will be joining us here in Washington in Friday. Please pray for their safe travels because we are eager to be reunited.

My God is so amazing that he has provided everything we need. We didn't know that all of our plans would fall through and change so much but God knew. He has gotten our brothers and sisters in Christ together and made sure that we have a place to live, a car to drive, a great church, and a support system that has BLOWN my mind!!!!! And it has even been sunny here (absolutely beautiful!) so that I'm not even too cold.

On a side note, America is so clean and nice. So orderly. So many choices. I almost cried in Fred Meyer just looking at the fruit section. Everyone drives along in the lines and I just drive along with them and no one appears to be trying to kill me with their vehicle. I'm even driving a stick shift on the opposite side than I'm now used to... and I don't even feel anxious because there are no surprise oxcarts or wheelbarrows or even potholes in the road!!! I mean, what is this place??!!!! It's unreal.

I feel so full of love I could burst my guts all over the place. My only desire is that my dad wasn't in so much pain and discomfort. But I know that this will pass. I could go on and on but I just wanted to say hi to all of you and let you know a bit of the chaos of our lives. Stay tuned for Kelly's reports and please keep praying. God bless you and may each and every one of you know the peace and comfort that comes with trusting a God who has already defeated death for those who love him.


Quiet Hope said…
Thank you for sharing Tricia, so good to hear from you....and how God has been working so powerfully in the lives of you, Kelly the kids and your family.

It is a heart wrenching time to stand beside someone as they approach death and yet such a privilege. And to know that this is not the end...your Dad is entering eternity and in a blink of an eye you will be reunited.

Yet within that blink there will be sorrow, deep grief and finding your new normal without your Dad on this earth.

I am praying for Kelly and the girls, for you, Lucas and your mom and family. Dearest Lord Jesus, give each of them those precious moments and shared words with Tricia's dad...give them joy and laughter in midst of tears and sorrow. Thank you Father God that you catch each tear that falls and count each as meaningful to you.

May your grace and mercy, that is new every morning lift and carry each of them over the road ahead and when the days are dark speak into their hearts and souls your love and peace.

Thank you Lord that you hear the cries of our hearts. May our cries glorify your name above all names.

Blessings dear friend,
Carol Thomas-Peterson

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