Thank You, Thank You, Thank You

Today I simply want to say thank you!  Thank you for praying for me and Brenda!  Thank you for the flowers, cards, and phone calls.  Thank you for your encouraging notes on our Caring Bridge.  Thank you for all the creative ways you suggested on how to remove Mr. Snorkle!  He is coming out today!  And no, Tom, I am not going to drop a sledge hammer on my bare toes and as I am screaming in pain yank the tube from my nose!

Thank you for reminding us in so many creative ways that we are not alone and that we are loved by God and an amazing community of friends.  I would be remiss if I didn’t publically thank God, as well, for His love, His patience, His desire for me to lean more into Him and trust Him, and His healing power.  Strange as it may sound, I am also thankful for what the past five months being sick has taught me about myself, my relationship with God, and the importance of being a part of a caring community.  I am not saying I am thankful for the pain and suffering itself, but I am thankful for how these circumstances have caused me to love Brenda more deeply, to see other people who are hurting with deeper compassion, and to cement my faith in God, even when He doesn’t automatically do what I ask Him to do.

I am blessed!  I am grateful!  Thank you!