Looking back in my journal covering the last seven years, I realize this is long overdue. I’ve had some very tough times over those years.
My dear husband Glenn was in serious decline for many months, before the Lord took him home. I, in my 90s, strugled just to keep going. And oh, how people responded! There were many cards, letters, visits, phone calls, inquiries, much food, and prayers! One dear friend came and sat up all night a few times when our night-lady couldn’t come. Then she absolutely refused any pay. What a blessing people were!
In October, on my way to church, I caught my foot under a cupped-up place in the patio carpet. I tripped and fell forward, breaking my arm and injuring my wrist and leg. I wasn’t able to get out of a chair, or take a step alone, for many weeks. During my long days and nights in my chair, I was again blessed with all of the above, plus I was given a DVD and VHS player, to help pass long, wearisome, inactive hours.
When I had extensive dental surgery, someone anonymously paid for sedation, so I wouldn’t have the painful local kind. How welcome that was!
On January 2, 2012, my precious oldest son, David, died suddenly. He had been in good health. The doctor said he could find no physical reason why he should have died. Again, people were such a blessing. Bless you!
Then in August, a sudden isolated wind storm destroyed 3 trees, the patio, and my 3-car garage.
My appliances have been dying. As Kirk said, “Dorothy, you are outliving your appliances.” (I’m 97.) When my oven couldn’t be fixed, two precious ladies offered to buy me a new stove! Fortunately my grandson and wife had given me a nice toaster-oven they didn’t use. It baked pies, cakes, cookies, custards, meats, everything just fine.
I must tell you, too, that a lovely family came and cleaned my flower beds this spring. Everything was made ready for planting.
I haven’t forgotten many other favors and good deeds. I tried to write down everything with names lest I forget.
God keeps records, too. You are an extension of his grace. God bless you! And praise him!
“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born to help in time of need.” Prov. 17:17
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