Meeshon Cotton, the daughter we adopted from Vietnam, is a surgical nurse at Vanderbilt. She has two children who have graduated from college and are now married. Her daughter also has two children, which makes me a great-grandmother. It is a joy that they live near to us in Tennessee.
In January 2020, Meeshon learned she had breast cancer. After a lumpectomy, radiation, and four rounds of chemotherapy, she is cancer-free. Through it all we have learned to trust God for our future, and we are so thankful for the support of our extended family.
This is a picture of our family: my husband, Gene; our son Christopher, his wife, Kate, and their two children; our daughter Meeshon (standing right behind me) as well as her two children, their spouses, and her two grandchildren; and JoAnn, another daughter we adopted who was born with Spina Bifida. Through our family we have learned that family is not made by blood, but rather by the love that connects all of us together.
I could not have found The Upper Room Moments of Prayer (on Facebook Live) sooner. For it is during these moments of centering spiritual practices, meditating on the words of scripture, praying with and for the world, that I find moments of transcendence, hear whispers of peace and hope, see glimpses of truth and justice, behold visions of love and beauty amid all the stark realities that are around me.”