Peace and love to you all.
Apologies for the lack of updates recently. We here at the Cross Household have been going through a heck of a time with illness. First Mom came down with something, then I got it, then Adam got it...it was a cascade of our bodies hating us. We all seem to be on the mend, at least physically. It's emotionally that we're going to have to manage.
It was a year ago today that Adam and I came home from grocery shopping to find Dad in a state of distress. We thought it was a panic attack. It wasn't.
It was a year ago that I brought him to the walk-in clinic rather than the ER. They got him in quickly and started giving him oxygen before calling the ambulance.
It was a year ago that I left to go pick up Mom from home. As soon as I left the room, that was effectively when Dad left us.
It was a year ago that we raced to the ER, only to get a call that we needed to immediately come back to the walk-in because they were having trouble bringing him back.
It was a year ago that the world collapsed and my emotions shut down and I went into 'operational mode'. We were running to the car when I got the call that they had stabilized him and were bringing him to the ER ASAP.
It was a year ago that they had to cut his wedding ring off, which broke my mom's heart into a billion pieces.
It was a year ago that an extremely kind doctor sat us down and told us it was not good.
It was a year ago that our family became something different, even though it took several days to become official.
Today is tough. Is going to be tough. Will have been tough. But we're here and we have each other and we have you all. We are thankful and grateful, even when we hurt, for you in our lives and God in our lives.
Thanks be to God.
After 43 years of ministry, Randy Cross lived his "fourth life" and shared about retirement, living boldly and intentionally in our world. To be sure, there was some North Dakota thrown in.