Monday night. Shall I say it again? How fast the time seems to be flying by….. before we know it, Thursday will be here.
How wonderful it is to have an apartment full: Ashley is here, and Lee Anne and Jack have also arrived, so Rob is being thoroughly entertained with plenty of us around!
Last Saturday was Jim’s and my 34th wedding anniversary. We celebrated by going out for Italian food — many good choices in NYC! While we were there, Rob and Ashley were at the John Mellencamp concert, thanks to the generosity of one of Jim’s IBM friends — what a thoughful gift! They had a grand time. Sunday morning we all went to church (Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church). The minister, Scott Black-Johnston, so warmly greeted Rob, and let him know that he has been praying daily for him. Oh, what a great gift! God has been so good to provide a church home for us here in New York City!
Today, Presidents Day, we joined the crowds at The American Museum of Natural History. The area schools and many businesses have the day off. Anyway, it is a great museum, full of dioramas depicting the most interesting of animals in their natural habitats. We received a voucher on one of the IMAX movies which had malfunctioned, so we may head right back over there sometime this week. Then we stood in line to watch a different IMAX movie about the stars, the universe, the sun, the Milky Way (our guys all agreed that Milky Way bars should have been handed out while we waited in the long line to enter the planetarium — a missed marketing opportunity!). However, the explanation of how the universe started excluded any mention of God, NOT giving credit where credit is due. When it was closing time, we found out that those guards take their jobs very seriously, making sure that everyone is literally herded towards the exit doors. Going our separate ways, surely we all left the museum even more amazed at God’s creation than when we entered (even without the reminder from the star movie).
I feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude this week — for good doctors, God’s provision of a church, for the love and care and generosity of so many friends, and certainly for the countless number of those who have let us know that they are praying for Rob and for our family. How humbling it is to be on the receiving end, which isn’t always the place where we are the most comfortable, but it is the place where we find ourselves at the moment. I pray that God would give us the grace to accept and receive, remembering for the rest of our lives just how it feels and how much it means. It’s transforming, really, and I hope each of us will be able to give even more freely to others because of this experience.
Colossians 1:15-17 – Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see — such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together.