It seems that all I'm writing lately are requests for prayers. However, I am a believer in prayer. Still, I feel quite guilty that I have not been staying on top of my reading or I'm sure I'd be reading about other people who need prayers.
I just want you to know I've been sending out blanket prayers for all my friends at Gather. Along with a prayer that things soon settle down so I can get back to my friends here on a more regular basis.
It was only weeks ago I asked for prayers for my husband and his surgery and other difficulties. Things are progressing along, and although he is not back at work yet, he is finally getting physical therapy and as soon as the therapist says it is okay, he will be returning to work. He has talked to his bosses and they seem to understand, so my worry that he may not have a job to return to is unfounded. Especialy when you consider we also have a vacation coming up which is paid for with no refund. It seems inconsiderate for him to be off all this time only to take another week. But, I guess, they understand no one wants to lose the money they paid for a trip. Not to mention, the opportunity to visit one of our grandchildren while we're on vacation.
Then there was the problem with my son. He got into a bind after trusting someone he shouldn't have and has lost his job. Now, while on jury duty, he is trying to find a new job. Not easy since he can't exactly fill out applications or go to interviews during business hours. Still, he is determined to have a joyous holiday and not let these worries plague his young family. I think good things are ahead for him. My prayer is that he finds not only a good job, but one that will allow him more time with his family.
My father-in-law was quite ill when we visited him at the hospital yesterday; however, at least he was sitting up. The fact that he had his legs hanging over the side of the bed made me think he has less concern over his swollen legs than the pnemonia. Of course, I'm not a doctor or nurse, so I wouldn't know that for sure. Since his test results weren't back yet, we won't know anything for sure until later. Still, he seemed to be in good spirits, so that is half the battle.
I'm thinking of printing out not only what I wrote about these situations, but the comments. I think knowing just how many people are praying for them will make them feel blessed even during these difficult times.
So, I thank each and every one of you for your comments. You are wonderful people, and I am happy to be part of your Gather family. And, as I said, I can't wait for life to settle down a bit so I can get back to reading as well as posting. Not to mention, I've promised everyone a new Christmas story. I may not be able to keep the promise of writing something new, but I do have another one I will post if I can't catch up on my writing.
Unless someone spends time online getting to know the kind people like all of you, they don't fully understand the love that seems to cross the lines from one computer to the next. Some say they are too busy, and I can understand that. But, for me, I'm happy whenever I can squeeze in an extra hour to check my e-mails or post a quick message. I'm certainly blessed when I have more than an hour and can actually catch up on reading all the things you all are posting.
For today, though, my time his short. I'm off to the doctor for my last Synvisc (spelling may be wrong) shot and must keep my leg elevated the rest of the day. I'll be supervising Ken as he puts up our Christmas tree. And if all goes well, maybe Rachel will join us tomorrow evening after her gymnastics class, and we can decorate the tree together.
So, until next time, I once again thank you, all my wonderful friends. Take care and know you are all in my heart and my prayers, maybe not by individual names, but as a blanket prayer that my Gather family be blessed with a good, healthy life and that their lives be touched according to God's will.