Once upon a time, there was a couple who had been married a long time. Blessed with 4 children who were happy, healthy and going through the usual ups and downs of childhood. No complaints, just normal life. This couple was open to life. Even though they are both approaching mid 40s, they were healthy and open to God’s plan in regards to their family. Lo, and behold one day it happened. The woman suddenly and without warning re-gained her sense of smell during Mass whilst seated next to a woman who clearly hit the garlic rolls the night before,(heavy emphasis on garlic). Confused with this return of olfactory sensation and accompanying nausea, a quick count on the PeriodTrackerApp prompted a visit to the local CVS.
Confirmation post peeing on a stick. Twice. And the world began to spin.
Fast forward through the week of sudden shock and awe at this life turn of events as the couple quietly processes the news with prayers, trepidation, joy, laughter, wonder and trust. Clearly God has a plan here; who were they to question.
Just as the reality settled itself and planning stages were to begin: when to tell the kids, the family, friend, etc., doctor’s appointment, bedroom rearranging, financial rearrangement, etc, etc, etc.. The woman began to bleed.
And reality readjusted. And plans were undone. Tears were cried. A mental day was taken. And with Lent upon them, they clung to the promise that God’s plan is infinitely better than their own. Despite the temporary confusion and fog, He has great things in store. In addition to His promise of hope and plans and future, He has given this family, this couple a special soul to intercede on their behalf.
Thanks be to God.
For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.