Sunday’s Scripture (May 31)

Sunday's Scriptures
My family is experiencing a tremendous amount of change and upheaval. My husband and I are spending more time in the U.S. though we continue our ministry in Ukraine, and are dealing with the pain of leaving wherever we have been. Does that make sense?

This summer has been one of great anticipation as we planned to spend a block of time with family — pre-planned and not in reaction to situations along the way. We looked forward to spending “every day” life with them…you know, not a holiday, not a vacation, just life together.

So far, not much has gone as planned and I feel a certain amount of angst, uncertainty, disappointment, joy, and love. My sweet mother is most likely in her last weeks and I find myself wanting to be split into at least three pieces — one in Ukraine, one in Maryland, and one in Ohio. That’s not going to happen, obviously. And I need to be ‘all in’ wherever I am.

I am currently in Ohio. And I am memorizing every look, every smile, even frustrations my mother’s wrinkled face expresses. She never complains so we have to observe her closely to be sure she’s not in pain. I’ve been blessed with this dear soul for over 60 years and I am happy to be here with her. She is living in a fabulous senior center and my sister has been absolutely amazing with her over the years and months that we have been overseas…we visited for only short times while stateside because of our crazy schedules. Another sister arrives in town today.

I am thrilled that my grandchildren know their great-grandmother. And that my daughter with her family have made repeated visits to Ohio (long weekends…10-hour drive each way) simply to get time with my mom. Her youngest (15 months) has already made the trip at least four times. My daughter felt it important to take her there when she was still small enough for my mother to hold without too much squirming. Priceless.

I’ve been wondering how they will handle her death. Actually, to be honest, I’ve been wondering I will handle her death. This is going to affect them in ways we don’t know now. But I do know that we will need to recognize this loss in their lives and allow them to mourn and grieve in their own way. It may not even be right away, but over time as they begin to understand the finality of death. (Well, finality on earth…)

So this Sunday my prayer is for the parents and grandparents as much as for our grandchildren. May we learn to comfort and mourn with the next generations. May they learn that it is okay to cry. It’s even okay to be angry with the circumstances. May we not just gloss over the feelings of our grandchildren. Or expect them to respond as we might.

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

“Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.” Romans 12:15

And please keep sending me the scriptures that you pray for your grandchildren!

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  1. Joyce says:

    I can read the palpable sadness in your post. Change of this magnitude is never easy. There will always be an empty place in your heart once your dear mother is gone from this earth. But you will find comfort from the legacy she leaves behind. Her beautiful, caring family didn’t raise itself! Our Lord knows this and will greet her with, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”

    • Marianna Peipon says:

      Thanks, Joyce, for understanding my state and for the encouragement. Sometimes we just don’t see what others notice. You’re right…she is leaving behind a beautiful family, one that she invested in hour after hour everyday since our births!!

  2. Kay Swatkowski says:


    I pray that as your mother is ushered in to heaven, every member of your family, even to the smallest one, will sense the Peace and Presence of God as never before.

    • Marianna Peipon says:

      Thank you, Kay. I am counting on His presence, peace, and comfort. And join you in praying that others will also be aware!!

  3. Such love here, Marianna. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May you all find peace and comfort in the situation.

    • Marianna Peipon says:

      Thanks, Lisa. Sorry to take so long to respond. I KNOW that prayers of God’s people are what will help sustain us through this time. Thank you for lifting us up. We are most encouraged by her recent understanding that Jesus is the only way to heaven!! Hallelujah!!

  4. Grandma Kc says:

    I am so sorry to hear about your mother and the struggles of being pulled in 3 different directions. My heart hurts for all of you but I am glad for you that you are able to be there. We (Joyce and I) are also very glad that YOU are OK. We had been concerned because you hadn’t posted for a while — and then I had one of those weeks where I haven’t been able to catch my breath let alone catch up on my reading! Again — I am glad you are OK and I am sorry for your pain.

    • Marianna Peipon says:

      Sorry to worry you…and thankful for your concern. I guess we all will have those weeks, but I am praying to not have one of those MONTHS again!!

  5. Grandma Kc says:

    Just sending along some hugs. Wanted you to know we are out here thinking about all of you.

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