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(MC61)

Monday, January 10, 2000

Dear Sisters,

Well, here we are in a new year and a new millennium. The other day Gerald pointed out to the children that their children and grandchildren will eventually look at them in awe and exclaim, "You mean you lived way back in the 1900's?!!"

The Mother's Companion enters a new phase as well, with five years of publication behind us. Gerald and I look forward to continuing to share our hearts and lives with you as we enter this sixth year of ministry.

Worry can be a problem for a mother. It is especially easy for us to lose sleep worrying about our teenagers. Our oldest son, Mark (20), recently underwent surgery for repair of a hernia. Neither Gerald nor I got much sleep the night before the surgery. Though Mark is taller than I am by quite a bit now, I'm still his mom, and he will always be my little boy to me.

Gerald and I took the day off and drove up to Chicago to be with Mark during the surgery. It was a special time for all of us (including Mark's fine Christian girlfriend). It is not very often we have nothing to do but sit and talk together!

All went well, though the hernia was larger than expected, and the recovery long. I am rejoicing to have that whole adventure behind me, and so thankful we have One on Whom we can lean in times of trouble and anxiety.

Cast your burden upon the Lord, and He will sustain you.
He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.
(Psalm 55: 22)

Blessings,

Helen E. Aardsma

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