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6/8/06 3:55 pm enough and more

Sometimes Judas makes a lot of sense to me.  That's how i know i am in trouble.  In John 12 there is a story about this Mary friend who breaks a jar of expensive perfume (they emphasize it is pricey) on Jesus' feet.  His FEET!  Then Judas pipes in to say that  surely needier people could have made better use of the money this flagrant act wasted.  After all, it was money down the drain (I couldn't resist).  The story conjures up the word "extravagant" which also goes by lavish, unrestrained, wild, fantastic.  This is the only way I can describe God right now.

Lavish, unrestrained, wild, fantastic.  Extravagant with his love.  I receive more MoRE MORE than I need.  I receive food for every hunger, cards for every ache, gifts (books, bags!) for every lonely moment.  I have more resources and help at my disposal than I could ever need.  And i will admit that my self-sufficiency gets in the way of all this help but I have been trying to relax and share the burden.  I sometimes feel like I can handle everything–we are surviving–we are doing Ok with an impossible situation.  Yet God seems to want me to know that my "OK" is nothing compared to HIS "overflowing".  So he uses each of you to pour himself out upon our family.  So there is no moment where we don't feel soaked by his love.  Thank you, each of YOU, for that.

1 John 3:1
    How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!

Meanwhile…Mike is wonderfully fabulously back at Marionjoy and I am so glad.  He is back to the rigors of his therapy schedule there and will quickly regain some of the progress he lost over the last few weeks.  Everyone working with him before was so encouraging and excited to receive him back and are quite certain that we will see Mike improve quickly.  He is alert and participating actively throughout the day.  His mood seems to fluctuate a bit and i try hard not to read into what might be going through his head.  That way I don't accidentally plant or project my ideas onto him.  He is entirely coherent and capable of his own thoughts without squashing them with mine.  Some days he seems relaxed.  Some days he seems distant and avoids eye contact.  I am not surprised that a coherent person in his position might experience a range of moods and i try to love him through each good or bad day and not take it personally.  I believe it is probably healthy to have visitors consistently however he feels and just keep visits shorter on harder days.

Please pray that Mike would allow God charge of his thoughts, peace in the process, safe travel for Mike's 3 brothers and Jim Hudson from California all in this weekend.  Pray for progress toward capping his trach again so that he would be able to verbalize again soon.  Pray for muscle tone, range of motion and plain energy to keep up with busy, stretching days.  Please pray and praise God for this continuous flow of gracious and compasionate caregivers who pray and celebrate right alongside all of us.  It is a precious privilege to see the unique job so many in this field do in investing themselves in a stranger's life.  They make an enormous difference every day and I thank God for how fortunate we have been in all we have met.

thanks and love,  michelle 

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