Erin Pettengill is a missionary nurse through Mission to the World (MTW), the mission sending arm of the (PCA). I have been a Registered Nurse for over 20 years. My family and I served in Honduras for 7 1/2 years where we were involved in Medical/Mercy Ministry, Street Children, English classes, Kids Club, and Church Planting. We are now serving in Equatorial Guinea, Africa in medical/mercy ministry and biblical teaching.
Friday, November 18, 2011
Jesus wept. Two of the most profound words in the bible. The least verse in the bible, but inferior to none. "Rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those that weep." (Romans 12:15). God knew there would be much sorrow in the lives of His people. He longs for us to cling to Him and through His Son understands the sorrow and so understands us. We can be amazed and in awe of a creator who cares so much for His creation that he weeps along with us. And I believe the choice of the words is no accident. Wept, not cried. The depth of the sorrow is expressed in the choice of the word. Thank you God. Thank you for loving me, caring for me, weeping with me. You are my refuge and my strength. And so tonight...I wept. I wept great tears of grief and loss. I mourn for the mother I will never see again. My heart is heavy with the tears yet unshed. I understand the sacrifice of being on the mission field and know that there will be times I am away from family. This was the most difficult thing I've had to do. I had the privilege of being able to spend some sweet time with my mother in her last days, if not her last hours. I return to California to be with my dad and mourn together. My small little family just got smaller, and this is a part that cannot be replaced. I love you sweet mom...thank you for the life you gave to me, the memories that will forever remain with me....and so I weep...yet again.