The Gift of Bad News









YESTERDAY … I received the call that no one wants.

Problem … puzzlement … CT scans needed ASAP … odd mass …

Truthfully, I would have felt better about the phone call if the problem were with my health. I am no stranger to return visits and further tests. But the moment I knew it involved the health of my son, I felt … terrified.

This is my precious boy. We worked so hard to get him home. Surely this isn’t happening.

In truth, I don’t know what tomorrow holds. I don’t know what next week holds or the week after. We will go back for more tests very soon. Maybe (hopefully!) this will all wind up something we can handle with ease. In a perfect world, the mass will be a misunderstanding. In a perfect world, my son’s chewable multi-vitamins (which he loves, by the way) will be all the medical boost he needs to keep growing healthy and strong.

Last night I prayed that my son would outlive his mama (after she lives to be a really old woman).

This morning I woke up thinking about the importance of appreciating every day, every moment, every opportunity. In reality, do I ever know what tomorrow holds? Can I ever say with certainty that life will go as planned next week or the week after? We are guaranteed nothing in terms of days on this earth. So what do I have to be concerned about today that I don’t have to be concerned about any other day of any other week?

Perhaps, when I look at it that way, phone calls like the one I got yesterday are really gifts in disguise. They remind me that life is a vapor. And regardless of how long the vapor lasts, the vapor is still a vapor.

Today I will squeeze my son tighter, linger a little longer at the supper table with my family, and take that extra photo (even though it requires loading up the camera).

 This is the day which the LORD hath made; [I] will rejoice and be glad in it (Psalm 118:24 ESV).



  1. I’ll be praying hard for you guys!

  2. Praying for God’s grace to sustain you and comfort you all through each day. . .as He has done every day before now.

  3. Praying for you all — God loves you & loves this little man a TON

  4. Yes, dear friend, yes.

  5. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I can only imagine your worries. You will be in my thoughts and prayers

  6. Praying for you!

  7. I’m so sorry that this worry has been laid at your feet, but I know that you also know Whose feet to lay it down at. I will pray that whatever has been detected will be “nothing” or easily taken care of and that your prayer will be answered in the way that you prayed for it, and he will be with you as you become a very old lady.

  8. Praying for you!

  9. Praying for you and your little boy!

  10. Oh hun, praying!

  11. Praying for your family.

  12. Reminds me of Abraham called upon to sacrifice Isaac…praying for God’s perfect will in your life, as I sit with tears in my eyes. Love you all. Aunt SuzAnne

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  14. Cathy Logan says:

    I will go to prayer in your behalf. Even our grown children have special prayer needs. How that should cause us to rush to our kind heavenly Father.

  15. You and your family will be in my prayers. I’m sorry for your worry.

  16. I’m blog-hopping through all the HEDUA Team-member blogs today…it’s a lot of blogs!!

    So glad I visited yours today…will be praying for you and for your little boy. What scary news, but I am so blessed by your ability to turn that news into something good. To turn it into trust. And appreciation of God’s blessings! I will be praying for you!

    Blessings, Linda

  17. Praying with and for you!

  18. Trisha,

    Saw the blog link at HEDUA. So glad to visit you, and to be reminded to embrace the moments. Heard Laura Story sing “Blessings” LIVE last night, and you are right about “gifts in disguise”. May you treasure the gift of his immeasurable love, peace that passes understanding, joy unspeakable, and the soothing embrace of the Comforter, as you ‘unwrap’ this ‘opportunity for grace’. -Shari

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