OK, I know Jason is not God. Nevertheless there are similarities between how we had to trust Jason and how I need to trust God. Jason was here for a couple days and was frequently in the inner bowels of that mysterious little closet holding our computer servers. He usually came out with a pleasant look on his face which perplexed me a bit. I’m used to having a clue about what people are up to. Even in things like auto work with all its computerized parts, usually I am only removed a few steps from some sort of understanding. Not in this. He and Mrs. Noble have used more words I’ve never heard before in the past few days than I remember in recent history. Though I really don’t get it, I trust they are making progress. And you know what, just before lunch they told us we are almost restored to where we should be.
God does things in each of our lives. I don’t get it sometimes, He goes into the depths of my life and adjusts things. Sometimes I don’t like it, I don’t know what he is doing. He comes out of making adjustments in my life with some sort of look of love on His face, and I am perplexed. He uses events that I don’t understand. Though I don’t get it I trust He is making progress. Sometimes He reveals what He was up to, other times I will need to wait to understand. In the end, He will not just restore, He will far surpass anything I could imagine.
Thanks, Jason, for the reminder to trust in the Lord. Mary sure had to trust during that original Advent. Some things don’t change. Jesus I trust in You, help us to do so well.
One of our older boys , Jacob, was involved in a very odd accident when a vehicle in attempting to avoid a car in front of them struck a group of students on the sidewalk as they were leaving after spending some time standing up for life. I have observed many things since then, among them:
- Jacob has built the Mystical Body of Christ through his suffering.
- The remorse of the man in error has been noted by many, even Jacob’s mom.
- Deb, Jacob’s mom is also witnessing to grace received. When asked what it was like getting that call, Deb who was out of town at the time, commented that her husband, Wayne, was close by and what a blessing that was. (She didn’t get stuck on being out of town, I think I would have.)
- Jacob’s joy in the midst of the cross has been beautiful. His mood at the hospital has been so good.
- A few days into the hospital stay Deb arrived for a visit. Can you imagine a mother’s pain upon arriving and hearing your son in the next room getting the packing removed from the wound? He doesn’t know you are there, but you can hear him in a whole lot of pain. Deb didn’t dwell on the trauma of hearing that, but was only concerned about her son. I couldn’t get past that detail in my own mind, I’m not sure who experienced more pain from that scene, Jacob or Deb. Deb must understand Our Blessed Mother a bit more after that experience.
- Staying upbeat when you have three chipped vertebrae and a severe wound, builds not only the Mystical Body, it also sets a great example for those around you. Thanks, Jacob.
- The students and staff here have been visiting Jacob, and inquiring about him. Visiting the sick is a corporal work of mercy. Keep it up, 8th graders!
- The children have gladly joined together in prayer for Jacob, and he and his family can feel the benefits.
- Jacob and his family have been grateful for the prayers and works of mercy.
- Father Townsend has been to visit a few times and brings back a good report. That’s our pastor!
I just got off the phone with Deb, Jacob is headed home, and very soon this afternoon it looks like!
Lord, help Jacob continue to heal well, bless him and his family, and bring good from this accident as only You can. (Deb thanks for permission to print this.)
With Love and Prayers,