I've been thinking this week about the circle of life. I got two pieces of news this week that represent the circle. The first piece came from Kitty, the leader of the Bible study class that I took last year. Her husband, George, was diagnosed with cancer last December. It is a blessing from God that they live in Houston and have access to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, which is one of the best cancer treatment hospitals in the world. Unfortunately, even access to top treatment and care does not afford this story a happy ending.
George underwent treatment for the cancer of his lung. He had the lung removed and went through chemotherapy. A biopsy Monday revealed that the cancer has returned aggressively and the doctors give him weeks to live. It is a sad piece of news anytime, but particularly during the holidays. George and Kitty have a great faith in God and they know that this is His will. They are forging ahead with amazing faith and fortitude.
The other piece of news is much happier and I am thrilled to be able to post about it. My friend, Elizabeth, and her husband Mike have been waiting for almost 18 months to be matched with a birth mother so that they can adopt a child. They are wonderful people in their late 30s who cannot have children of their own. They have an adorable sailboat-themed nursery, clothes, and other baby supplies. All that was needed was a baby. Liz was sad that another Christmas would pass without a child of their own. Little did she know, God had other plans. On Tuesday, they found out they were matched with a birth mother!
They left on Thursday to travel to Indiana from Houston to begin the process of adopting their son. I am beyond happy for them and I can guarantee that this child will be loved beyond measure and he has not even been born yet. He was due this week, but if he hasn't arrived, his birth mother will be induced on Christmas Day!! Is that a sign from God or what?
Both pieces of news, though one was sad, made me realize that it's all about God's plan. There is a circle of life, an infinite birth and death cycle that allows us to realize how much we are all connected. No matter where you live in this world, birth and death are celebrations of life, though in very different ways. When someone dies, we celebrate what their life was; when someone is born, we celebrate what their life will be. I like to think that those who pass on guide those who are getting ready to be born.