It has been quite an interesting week in the Norris household. My husband, myself, even Arapahoe and Xian have been shown such kindness, generosity, and genuine love that, when I’ve paused to think about the outpouring, it has brought tears to my eyes.
Joining us at the hospital Monday morning. Praying with us for a successful surgery. Waiting with me through surgery, conversation with the surgeon, and recovery, until we could see for ourselves that all was good.
Buying lunch during surgery. Buying “the best” burgers and fries for a late night supper in ICU. Rising early with me to walk the girls before going back to the hospital. Helping me process. Making lunch after coming home from the hospital. Helping with other household chores and mowing the lawn.
Holding us in prayer … by email, text, voice mail, and Facebook. Sending love and positive thoughts … with cards, flowers, phone calls, and a cuddly stuffed puppy delivered to ICU.
We will wait for up to two weeks for biopsy results. But that is okay. We prefer to have as precise a diagnosis as possible. In the meantime, we will attempt to catch up on our sleep, Mr. Pat will heal from his surgery, and we will share with others, as best we can, the same love, kindness, and generosity shown to us in our time of need.
In his book Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer: An Approach to Life in Fullness, Brother David Steindl-Rast writes: The greatest gift one can give is thanksgiving. In giving gifts, we give what we can spare, but in giving thanks we give ourselves. One who says “Thank You” to another really says, “We belong together.”
To all who have shown us your care and concern … and not just this past week … we say Thank You to God for you. I could be wrong, but I take it that you love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and that you are loving your neighbor as yourself. (Luke 10:27, CEB)
Oh, yes. We belong together. Grace and peace … --Pastor Pat