Sometimes I find myself drifting into the weeds, making it difficult to see the path. And in those times of self-doubt, I wonder if what I’m doing is still connecting with families and is helpful and encouraging.
Well, I was recently knocked out by a story that my friend from Lakeside, Bev, shared with me. And she’s happily given me permission to share that story with you, my friends. I hope this will inspire you as much as it does me every time I think of it. I’ll just say though, before we go any further, you may want to have a tissue or two handy. You’ve been warned!
Bev’s story arrived in the form of a letter that came at a time when I was drifting a bit into those weed and trying to find my way back to the path.
Bev had recently lost her partner, Joan, to illness. She begins with, “I want to share a story with you
about Joan.” She goes on to say that Joan remained home during her illness with the help of family and Hospice. They had her comfortably set up in the dining room needing the extra space for the equipment needed for her care.
This was a good location because it had two large windows on one wall and was a central part of the
house. Bev says, “Joan was actually mostly content. She enjoyed eating sweets… a lot! And she enjoyed being in the sunlight.”
They would often move Joan’s wheelchair to sit outside in the afternoon sun and to hear the birds sing.
Many times, she stayed there until she heard the crickets.
I hope you’re as encouraged as I am by this. Let's keep doing the little things, keep showing up with our gift, whatever it is, and release it into the world. I believe we can trust the Creator of every good a perfect gift (James 1:17) and as we hold them loosely and release them freely watch become so much more than you could ever imagine, ask, or think (Eph. 3:20).
Let's lean into this Great Mystery, this Super Power of Love that holds us and knits us together in the most unexpected and remarkable ways. Let your brightness shine because you and I were Designed to Shine and we all carry something powerful inside that the world needs today. Let’s get out there and keep using these Super Powers!