Collateral Beauty

“I’m the darkness and the light. I’m the sunshine and the storm.  Yes you’re right I was there in her laugh; but I’m also here now in your pain.  I’m the reason for everything! I’m the only why. Don’t try to live without me.” (Character playing Love in Collateral Beauty)

I have recently been thinking about this movie and the concept of collateral beauty a lot. My Uncle Paul has been having heart issues for many years.  He has had many open heart surgeries and always baffled doctors by his ability to fight and overcome some pretty insurmountable odds.  He recently turned 82. Something that a few years ago we never thought would be possible.  One of the things that has been a key factor in his health has been my Aunt Suzi.  Much like my mom has been here for me, my Aunt Suzi has been there for my Uncle Paul; talking to doctors, researching the best care facilities and doctors, and being there to translate the doctors medical terms into something that the rest of the family can understand.  These two women are angels living on earth!

Recently my Uncle Paul has been going through some tough times.  He has entered a care home and seems to be declining in his mental and physical strength.  My Aunt Suzi has been making friends with the people in his new care home and thanking the people for taking such good care of her husband.  She has still been very stressed which is why she thought nothing of the stomach pain she had been having.  After going to the doctor to get herself checked out for a change, she was told she had pancreatic cancer and given six months to live.  As difficult as it is for us family members to try to comprehend God’s plan, there is something truly beautiful about Him taking these two lovebirds into heaven together.

We have to remember to look for the collateral beauty in these situations.  We need to cherish the time we have left with the people we love.  My Aunt Suzi always looks for positives in life and turns everything into a happy experience knowing that God has a plan for all of us.  We should take that into consideration as we live our lives, and look for the beauty in every situation.

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