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Tuesday Morning: Day 18

It’s not yet light this morning, the banked-down fire in the wood stove still casts it’s amber glow, but the promise of morning begins to color in the Eastern sky. We are home- the reality still sinking in. It’s been a very busy transition but with the wonderful help of all our kids and generous friends we have made it. In addition, Ryan and Kelin’s continued daily presence into the near future is a comfort to us. This morning I was beginning to clean up some of the 446 emails in my in-box and kept coming across email after email of your words of encouragement. Then I went to the CaringBridge website and re-read more. We continue to be humbled by the outpouring of prayers, kindnesses and generosity.

Tom continues to progress and maintain good spirits despite the ongoing pain. We are grateful for medications that can keep the intensity at bay and for loans of Hospice equipment to make him more comfortable. He can get a bit overwhelmed with things he’s not able to do, but is slowly taking on more and more each day. You know Tom!

As the intensity of these past 2 ½ weeks begins to wane, I fight hard to hold close the enormity of what happened and the witness these past weeks have brought not only us but also others who were uplifted by the events. My greatest fear is that we will begin to forget what the Lord has done on our behalf; that the intensity of our dependency will dim in the routines of daily life. My prayer is that we live out gratitude and thanksgiving each day and not forget.

Psalm 103: 1-5

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, Bless His holy name

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits,

Who forgives all your iniquity, Who heals all your diseases,

Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,

Who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.

Our updates may stretch out longer between postings, but we will continue to inform you as Tom heals. May we be satisfied with each day and keep an eye out for eagles wafting in the fall sky.