Wednesday, March 15, 2006

have i told you about .... ?

Image hosting by TinyPichave i ever told you about one of my sweet little sisters? no? well i guess today is the day ...

we'll call her Maria in my blog ... she is the first of mom's children from her second marriage ... my brother and i thought she was just the cutest baby ever born ...

Maria was also the most mischievous little girl ever born!

she wanted to experience every aspect of life ... to explore ... to travel ... to meet new people ... and more than once, some of these activities got her into a real pickle of a problem ...

but i totally fell in love with my little sister in those early days of taking care of her ... and it broke my heart when at the age of 3, she became a diabetic ... it was before the time of disposable syringes ... the needles seemed huge & heavy ... her little body seemed so small and fragile, as mom would inject the insulin into those tiny little arms ... we all soon learned about insulin reactions and diabetic shock ...

maybe this caused Maria to want to live, love, and experience everything life afforded in such a driven way ...

did i also mention that diabetes is an unforgiving disease? unlike the saving grace of God - diabetes does not give a person much grace, or many chances ...

over the years, Maria has slowed down considerably ... the disease taking over and ruling everything except her sweet spirit ...

i spoke with her this morning ... she tried to catch her breath, as with drug slurred speech she described her doctor's visit yesterday ... she is retaining so much water that her heart is having a hard time keeping things going ... she is pretty well house bound and losing her vision ... she is slowly losing her life too ... she just turned 41 last week ...

Maria is one of the bravest and sweetest women i know ... but for the sake of honesty and not to make her out to be a saint, she has also lived hard and wild - only to return again and again into the waiting arms of Jesus - who has unconditionally saved her soul ...

i feel so very sad this morning as i think of her ailing body ... yet i do rejoice that her Hope IS in the Lord ... and that Hope won't disappoint ...

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort; who comforteth us in all our affliction, that we may be able to comfort them that are in any affliction, through the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
2 Corinthians 1:2-4

12 comments:

see-through faith said...

oh saija, this is sad but wonderful.

Sharon K said...

Some times we that are healthy take so much for granted, but to here a story like the one you posted about your sister it should make us all stop and think and give thanks for our health. Your sister will be in my prayers and she sounds like a beautiful person Hugs to her.......

Elizabeth said...

Oh so sorry to hear of this but so glad she knows our FATHER who will take care of her all the way HOME!!
Prayers for you both during this difficult time!

Saija said...

Lorna ... yes, that would describe it - sad but wonderful ... she amazes us all with her strength in the face of trials ...

sharon ... when i get the flu or aches and pains, i thank God for allowing them - i tend to forget how uncomfortable and all consuming pain can be!

elizabeth ... would you believe, i have 3 sisters who are diabetics ... maria is by far the one who has the most problems ... and inspires the rest of the girls ... and the rest of us!

Badoozie said...

well, at least she is saved in spirit, that is comforting. is that your mom in the picture with her?

Saija said...

susie ... no ... *big smile* ... that is me ... i think i'm about 16 or 17, in the pic and Maria is 5 or 6 ...

Feathers said...

I will keep your sister in my prayers, I am so sorry she is not well. She is blessed that she has you to care about her so much, and the Lord to watch over her.

Mindy said...

What a touching story...you are such a great sister too! I will keep your sister in my prayers...the only hope we have is in Jesus...what a blessing you are! xo

Hikingalong said...

Your sister is so blessed to have you in her life. Keep being there for her moral and spiritual support. Sisters share a very unique bond and it's not easily broken.

Saija said...

feathers ... with my husband's medical problems, i always feel so bad that i can't spend more time with my sister ... but? ... i am planning a trip to the city and to her place tomorrow ... and i so appreciate prayer on her behalf, according to the doctors' she won't have a long life ...

mindy ... our only hope is JESUS, amen! and new bodies in heaven that won't be plagued with disease and all the other earthly hindrences ... something to look forward too!

berrymom ... sisters do share a very special bond ... i have another sister who is only 14 months younger than Maria - they are so close, like twins, and my other sister is a diabetic too - tho'extremely healthy & health conscious ...

Maggie Ann said...

What a sad story...diabetes is a cruel disease. I was glad to read that your sister is trusting Christ. What sweet consolation and help in him! Not to mention having you for a sister must be awesome...smile and hugs to you Saija!

Saija said...

maggie ann ... that diabetes is another illness that can take peoples lives, bit by bit ... it will be wonderful when there are no more diseases!!! One Day!