This is a hard road to walk. But every day brings fresh new batches of reasons to give thanks. Rather than focusing on the tough stuff today, I just want to list some “Thank Yous” and share with you a small bit of my “Gratitude List.”
I’m Thankful For:
God’s Perfect Timing
I keep thinking about how much harder this would’ve been if this had hit LeRoy while I was in Europe with my mom last April. I’ve thanked the Father so many times for the timing of this! I’m so thankful it happened while we were thousands of miles away from home . . . all the way up in Prince Edward Island, Canada! In God’s providence, we were forced to find an emergency room! If LeRoy had lost his ability to walk before that trip, and we’d tried to get an appointment with the Neurologists at UT Southwestern, it would’ve been months before we could’ve been seen by anyone. By going through the ER (after getting a connecting flight rerouted to Dallas), we were seen immediately by the Neurology team.
It’s His Left Leg
LeRoy loves to drive. No, really, he LOVES driving anything: Bicycles, motorcycles, cars, BIG trucks (most especially eighteen-wheelers). If his right leg had been the one affected, driving would be out of the question. But right now, he still has use of his right leg, and although his left leg gives him excruciating pain . . . we’re hoping he can still drive once he’s stronger and has the pain at a more manageable level.
Friends Who Understand
There aren’t a lot of people who know what you’re talking about when you mention nerve pain. But for those who’ve experienced it, or walked with a loved one through it, they have enormous compassion and are able to pray with understanding. It meant so much to receive a text from a friend who understands, who put it into these words: “I understand the severity and gravity of this situation, and . . . I weep with you and love you. I carry you both in my heart and prayers.”
Friends Who Meet Practical Needs
It has been a joy to read your comments and to receive your kind words and know you are praying. For those of you who know our great financial need and have helped to provide through an account our son and daughter-in-law set up . . . we are blown away and hardly know how to begin voicing thanks. And for those who’ve brought food to our doorstep and cards from precious little ones . . . thank you. Your support and help is a fragrant and merciful gift of love during a very hard time.
The Presence of Christ
For all of the many things we are grateful for, this is what we most deeply appreciate. He is with us. He has not forsaken us. We hear Him greet us each morning through the Word. He is sending personalized messages of hope, affirmation, and encouragement. His Spirit draws us close and reminds us of our history with Him and how we’ve seen Him be faithful throughout our lifetime, and far beyond that, throughout history!
He’s brought many Scriptures into clearer view, and one that keeps popping up in our reading is this reassurance:
[box]But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD. (Lamentations 3:21–26)[/box]
Please continue to keep us in your prayers. We have a long road ahead of us.