what a weekend! 10/12/10

October 12, 2010 at 1:17 pm 6 comments

2 corinthians 6:11-13 from the message translation
“dear, dear corinthians, i can’t tell you how much i long for you to enter this WiDE-oPeN, sPacIouS LIFE. we didn’t fence you in. the smallness you feel comes from within you. your lives aren’t small, but you’re living them in a small way. i’m speaking as plainly as i can and with great affection. open up your lives. live openly and expansively.”
while i packed luggage snug around mike to send him off for his first trip further than an hour from home in almost 5 years i was trying to remember this translation of this verse. i was trying to pray it for mike to hear and fathom. i wanted him to see this trip to ohio for the annual golf outing in his name and his 20th high school reunion as an opportunity of life, more life than he has been settling for. i was afraid his anxiety and his consistent preoccupation with pain and discomfort might ruin it all at any moment.
but this weekend was life to the full. full of conversations with old friends, celebration with family, stories and laughter and very little comment on any discomfort. it was better than i thought possible. i pray that it is just a first step in the wide-opening of mike’s life. thank you for the coverage of prayer that most certainly helped mike resist the idolatry of discomfort. thank you to those faithful friends who have kept this golf outing (an incredible opportunity for encouragement and support for our family) going through the years until we could finally show up for it in person! thank you for accomodations and patient conversations and golf lessons for the kids! thank God for his innumerable graces. it was glorious.

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  • 1. Peggy Lehner  |  October 12, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    Michelle and Mike—we were so sorry to miss the golf outing this year and the opportunity to see Mike. so glad to hear it was a wonderful trip for all of you. Now that you have done it once hopefully you will venture out again soon. Maybe Christmas?

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  • 2. Teena Noffke  |  October 13, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    PRAISE the LORD!!!!! What wonderful news!!! God is so good and we are rejoicing with you in this milestone event 🙂

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  • 3. JIm Hudson  |  October 13, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    Michelle – thank you for the wonderful report – it was so encouraing!!!

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  • 4. Rachel E  |  October 15, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    What GREAT news!!! So excited for you and for Mike! So happy for future possibilties! Hopeful that this is a new beginning!

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  • 5. W.Waits  |  October 16, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    It was March 27, 2006 when one of our members at church (Nancy) asked for our church family to pray for Mike. I have followed since then and continue to keep all of you in my prayers. How wonderful it was to read about Mike being ablle to make this recent trip. Our prayers are with all of you every day.

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  • 6. Sarah  |  October 19, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Michelle:
    You may feel Mike has been living his life small, but through the grace of God you have helped open his life as the comment from W.Waits demonstrates – here is a person who has never met you or Mike and has been moved to pray daily for over 4 years – that is the power of God because you have opened your and Mike’s life. As another person who has never met you but has followed your blog from inception, I have felt the power of God working more strongly through Mike’s physically challenged body than through any “healthy”, worldly-travelling body. Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit whatever their physcial state. Peace to you Michelle.

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