Opening cards

Today is a good day!
Three weeks ago, we didn’t know if she would live or die. All we could do was cry out to God, and most of the time we didn’t even have the words for that.

Today, we’ve been talking all morning. She’s been wandering around her room waiting for her turn in the shower. She put together her bag with all of her clothes and toiletries. She washed her face, she brushed her teeth. We’ve had meaningful conversations.

Yesterday, she wrote her name.

This morning, she got a big envelope with a bunch of handwritten cards from Illinois. She read each one.

She said, “Dad, I don’t know who these people are”
I said, “I know, but they’ve been praying for you each day. In fact, there are hundreds of people all over the world that have been praying for you, sending cards and notes and messages…”

She said, “Why? I’m nothing…”

And we learned a little bit more about the communion of the saints and the fellowship of the Spirit.

It is a matter of perspective. I think that there are those who don’t understand the importance of a simple note, or a simple message – even just a note across the world on Facebook…a card in the mail…

You think to yourself, “What good is that?”
But when you can show one girl who is alive from the dead, who has suffered so many things, who has had so much pain – who knows what it is to struggle with knowing a name, or speaking her thoughts, that she IS NOT NOTHING – that is everything.
You might think you are just sending a note. But to her, you are saying that the body of Christ matters, and that she isn’t nothing.

So here is a thought. When someone on your friends list is suffering, say a prayer, send a note, write a message. They probably won’t be able to respond. They might not have the time or even know what to say…

But you are telling them, “You aren’t nobody. You aren’t nothing. You are a member of the body of Christ and even though we might not have ever met, when one member suffers, all suffer.”

There is one Lord, one Faith, one Baptism – and one church of God.
We are honored to call you our fellow members, joined together by what each joint supplies.

I told you she shines. She still shines. And everyone that knows her can’t help but shine as well.
It’s what the body of Christ does.

Update… I wrote this three days ago. She continues to improve. We were discharged this morning and are now home.



Filed under Church, Encephalitis journey

7 responses to “Opening cards

  1. Marilyn

    Thank you for your honesty and transparency as you have walked this journey. It has been such a blessing. This post was so helpful too

  2. Such lovely words and so happy your daughter is doing better will continue to pray x

  3. Janice

    Dear Pastor Sam,I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and am so happy to hear your news about your daughters discharge from the hospital.Praying she continues to gain strength at home…I want to thank you for your boldness in speaking up about domestic violence in all its evil manifestations.It is unfortunately rare to hear this from pastors and I appreciate it so much.As one fairly new to Reformed Theology I am also in love with the Heidelberg Catechism.I’m wondering if you’ve read “Body and Soul” Reclaiming the Heidelberg Catechism by M.Craig Barnes.Its a wonderful book and a I highly recommend it.

  4. So happy to hear of the discharge from hospital and thanking you for sharing so we could pray.
    Yes, all over the world … God’s love extends as far as the east is from the west. Continuing to remember and pray. ❤

  5. Holly

    So happy to hear this!

  6. Beverley

    What wonderful news! Thank you for sharing.

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