I am going to share a Facebook post I put up the other day (some of you have already read this.) There is a little more to the story now, so bear with me…
Sunday, July 7
Today was kind of a hard day emotionally for me…but I managed to reach out to a hurting person in the waiting room: a man who’s partner had just broken his neck. I have been there for awhile now so I felt like I had a bit of authority to reach out to him. This is someone from out of town who says he has no real community at the moment. I was so privileged to hug him and pray with him and we exchanged numbers. And now I’ll be visiting his partner as well as my husband when I visit. My mother always told me: when you are too sad to deal with your life, just look for someone else to help. As always, mama was right!
The next day, at the hospital, my fun pal Sarah came to visit…I decided to share her with my new found friends. Soon numbers were exchanged there too. Then my friend Dorothy stopped by, who was convinced she had met Tim before. Next thing we knew, the room was filled with laughter and the environment had changed completely.
Even today, Justine wanted to make a picture for my sick friend so he would feel better (and have something for his wall.)
She said: “I think I am starting to love all your friends, Mommy.”
“Why do you say that, Justine?”
“Because I feel it in my tummy. When you give your friend this picture, tell him that you have a daughter who loves him too.”
I can’t say I’ve ever been more proud. This is exactly the kind of kind-heartedness I’d hoped to see in her one day. If this hospital experience is making her a more compassionate person, I have another blessing to count.
What I am learning: never be afraid to reach out a little to a hurting person. There is certainly enough love to go around. It might make a big difference to them. It will most likely make a difference back to you!
PS. Tim is now in a ‘halo’ which keeps will keep his neck straight, but he began walking therapy today. The healing has begun, but it will still be a long journey. Please remember to lift up Tim and Russ if you pray.
There is enough love to go around!