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5/6/06 8:30 pm (Note from Michelle)

            Rob Hankins came over late last night to fix my internet connection like always.  He comes even after long work days that just wrap up around 10 pm.  We sat around talking for a few minutes and he brought up a phrase he was just beginning to understand…”all is grace”.  He talked about sitting with Mike in the hospital and counting it a privilege, a grace to be there, next to this “mountain of a man”, this mentor.  I tried to explain the inexplicable gratefulness I feel…to still kiss my husband, to hear mcKaela’s serenade to her daddy when we visit, to be able to lay eli on mike’s belly for some giggle time, to step onto my front porch for a homemade meal every single night.  I have it so good.  All is grace.

            I see the bible come to life around me.  I see “give in secret” (Matthew 6:3-4) when I dig into my delivered dinner without a note saying who made it.  I have only God to thank that night.  But I know he welcomes the glory.  I see “Carry each other's burdens” (Galatians 6:2) as my tediously gigantic lawn gets mowed again by that high schooler and the neighbors spread the 4 millionth bag of mulch which the church paid for.  I enjoyed the sight (along with everyone seated around us) of McKaela “leaping and dancing before the Lord” (2 Samuel 6:16) like King David during worship at church this weekend.  I see “give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thes. 5:18) when Judy Maples drove Mike’s brother to the airport and then called to thank me for the privilege of spending time with Steve.  O’Hare in rush hour never struck me as an opportunity for thanks before Judy.  I see “keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back–whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn” (Mark 13:35) when I leave any one of my faithful midnight shift babysitters who never quite know what they are in for with that volatile 2 year old.

            All is grace.  For those who don’t experience this I don’t know why they are getting left out.  Am I luckier?  I am thinking that his grace is just getting to be undeniable wherever I turn.  These will be the thoughts I share with Mike tonight at the hospital.  I will try to explain the inexplicable.  That God is in this place.  That this is holy ground (Exodus 3:5).  And I will take off my shoes and slip my feet into bed next to his.  All is grace.

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