So many young people are shocked when they come face to face with mortality. Fortunately (or perhaps unfortunately) I am not. My life has been one filled with experiences surrounding my own health woes and the impending mortality of myself and those around me. I have not yet experienced the death of someone incredibly dear to my heart as an adult, but that is only by the grace and mystery of God. But my awareness of mortality does not make dealing with it less shocking.
Last year I met Ramon, one of my brother’s best friends. I met him when he sat with my family for Christmas Eve service and though I’ve seen him a few times since, the most memorable is last New Year’s Eve where I met his soon-to-be wife – mere hours before his proposal. In the past year my brother was a groomsman in Ramon’s wedding, Ramon’s helped him through a breakup, Ramon & Allison adopted their first pet and this week they found out Ramon has a tumor near his spine.
What they at first thought was a sinus infection has turned into a need for emergency surgery to get the tumor out before it reaches his brain and it may already have reached his optic nerve. It may also be cancerous.
To say this news is shocking is an understatement. While this news would be devastating to anyone, I can’t imagine receiving this news as newlyweds. Ramon and Allison need prayers. Prayers for strength, for healing and for comfort. Dealing with the mortality of the ones you love is never easy, even if by the grace of God they are healed – and I am praying for healing.