Altar Call – Opelika-Auburn News
How quickly we are required to embrace the
vicissitudes of life
turns must be negotiated on any road we take. They appear without warning,
relentlessly, and no one escapes them.
we must. Our only choice is our attitude. We can decide what stance shall be
ours as we embrace the vicissitudes of life.
decision was thrust upon our family on Wednesday of this week. A doctor
diagnosed little Zoey’s problem as acute leukemia.
The news felt like being hit in the pit of your stomach.
precious little girl, who was two years old in March, had suddenly become weak
and listless this summer. Until six weeks ago she had been a bundle of joyous
morning she could hardly walk, her family physician began to search for
answers. Sadly he advised the parents to take her to Children’s Hospital in
began the next day. The good doctors there wasted no time. Zoey
is in pain, the result of a war going on in her bloodstream. Thankfully her
pain can be somewhat curtailed.
Zoey is our great granddaughter, the son of Garrett and
Marianne Albritton. Garrett is the son of our oldest
son, Matt, and his wife Tammy.
hours of the news Dean and I attended a prayer meeting held in Matt’s church,
Zoey’s parents asked Matt to baptize the little girl. So
quickly arrangements were made and Matt baptized his granddaughter in the
chapel at Children’s Hospital. It was not an easy assignment for a man who has
been a pastor for only two months.
Dean and I
have walked where Garrett and Marianne must walk in the days ahead. We know
some of the feelings and fears they will wrestle with.
David, was about the same age as Zoey when he was
diagnosed with acute leukemia. Like Zoey’s family we
were not prepared for this sudden turn in the road.
about what hospitals call “the Children’s Wing.” We found that we were not the
only hurting parents in the world, nor was our child the only one afflicted
with a dreadful disease.
experience taught us quickly that problems come in all sizes. Spilling soup on
your shirt is a small problem. A disease like leukemia is a big problem.
Dealing with big problems helps us all find greater patience to face life’s
problems are an annoyance. Big problems can destroy us. Big problems teach us
to call upon God for strength we do not have in ourselves.
progress in the treatment of leukemia has been made since our David was
victimized by it. The chances of survival are much greater now.
like these we remember how precious the gift of hope is. We realize what a
difference our friends make, and how much it blesses us to know that others
have been on their knees praying for us.
none of us has to walk the treacherous roads of life alone. There is One who gladly takes our hand and walks with us through the
he walks with our family in these days.