Mirella’s Story | September 2, 2020

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Linda and Mirella

I found out today my sister is positive for COVID-19… I can’t believe I just typed those words. My sister – Linda – has COVID…

As my tears well up in my eyes…again – I find myself feeling helpless, angry, confused and very, very sad. I feel the urge to just run, run far away, to escape from all of the “noise” I hear around me. I just want to be alone to filter through all of these emotions that are overwhelming me at the moment.

You see, my sister is very vulnerable, as she is always battling with pneumonia due to her weakened immune system. The last time she got sick (a couple of months ago), I thought I was going to lose her. I had never prayed so hard in my life during those 45+ days she was fighting for her life. And now, we find ourselves in a much more complicated scenario, because now we know she definitely has COVID this round.

How can I help my sister? What do I do? What can I say to her, to help her feel better, and stay hopeful??

As I sit here, searching for the answers – I recall Mother Louise’s message during today’s Sunday Worship Sermon – “In the end, all Jesus asks is that we do our best, give it our best shot, and He promises that He is always with us.”

She is right – Jesus is always with us. The sermon was God speaking to me through Mother Louise’s words. If we stop to listen to the “noise” instead of running from it – we can hear God’s message clearly.

I know my sister has a long, challenging road ahead of her, but I realize now, it’s my responsibility as her sister – to stay strong for her. I don’t have all the answers, but what I do have is Faith. Faith that God is always with us, listening to our prayers, and guiding us to find the answers we are searching for.