Sunday night. ~~~ Happy Birthday to Ellen ~~~
Today we went to church. It’s been several weeks since we’ve been able to go, and it felt so good, so comforting to be there. We know no one there at this point other than the minister. Today the Offertory hymn brought me to tears (even though I admittedly cry easily, this one just really hit me) — it is one of my favorites: ”It is well” — I’ll include the lyrics at the end of this post.
This afternoon was spent watching football games, cooking comfort food (some of Rob’s favorites: chicken pot pie & cheesecake), and working on a jigsaw puzzle, which I’m happy to report we have almost finished. The puzzle, a gift to Rob from Ashley’s parents, is a picture of Times Square in NYC — it’s been a huge challenge with 2000 pieces!
Tomorrow morning Jim is scheduled to leave town on business for a few days, Rob is starting his next round of chemo, and I have a follow-up appointment with the retina specialist. As soon as that’s done, I’ll join Rob at the NYU Cancer Center. It will be a long day there: blood work, lots of IV hydration, and a strong dose of chemo. It’s quite strange to realize that the nurses administer a lethal liquid into Rob’s blood stream, and that’s supposed to be helping him. And, on top of all that, tomorrow’s high temperature in NY is supposed be only 17 degrees.
I’ll close with the words to that marvelous song:
When peace like a river attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll; whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say, it is well, it is well, with my soul. // My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought! My sin, not in part but the whole, is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more, praise the Lord, praise the Lord, o my soul! // And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight, the clouds be rolled back as a scroll; the trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend, even so, it is well with my soul. // It is well with my soul, it is well, it is well with my soul.