by John Pavlovitz
2016 has been a pretty awful year for myself and my family ~ my Dad has spent the last 7.5 months in the hospital ( was home for a little over a month and we finally thought he was in the clear; but last Saturday he ended up in the ER and now the nightmare continues ), my Mom had emergency eye surgery that didn't go as expected and still can't see, my 91 year old Gram has become to frail to live on her own and had to give up her apartment for a nursing home, and this is just to name a few things that have been going on ... it's been a roller coaster of emotions, and at times, I've found myself preparing for the worst because it is/was a reality ... ( my stomach is in knots for even writing that out ) ... my heart aches; a different kind of ache ... I do my very best not to complain or get frustrated as I know things can always be worse ... but i'm only human ... I thank God multiples times in a day for the many blessings I have ... and i thank Him for listening to me all night long; especially those 3 am 'chats' ... I have taken' the past 36 years of bountiful living for granted; that is quite clear to me now ... I have grown, learned, listened, felt, seen, and and imagined things this year that i never could of fathomed ... but that's living, right?"Nothing is ever so bad that it couldn't get worse."