I was moved by something someone said today in my church. The person had been missed in a number of Sunday sermons. As he recollected, it was almost two years. I actually think that was close but undoubtedly a long time in his eyes. See he had knee surgery that went wrong. He is in his eighties and was a very strong and stout man. That is before his knees started giving him issues. He had a previous surgery on the other knee and when it was healed up he decided to get his other one fixed. He did not do good with healing and because of complications and a diagnoses of dementia, he found himself inside a rest home, or a rehabilitation group home. The rest was he could not attend services anymore and do the individual things for himself that he use to do. His wife was not able to bring him back home.
This man, whom I call a friend and Christian brother, has had the opportunity to come to several services thus far. His son is making an effort to bring him. I and everyone at our church love this dear man. It has been wonderful seeing him and getting a hug. He went up before the church today, walking aided by a cane he now needs to control his balance. He stood there and talked to the congregation about how thankful he was to be in such caring places. He also spoke of how thankful he was for all the calls, cards, visits, and prayers offered up on his behalf. As he spoke I felt his sincerity and gratefulness. It blessed my heart and I was also saddened at the aging population that attends my church. We have very few under fifty years of age, there. I thought of the many others who might someday face what he has. He impressed me by his thankfulness. When he could of easily been depressed or down in the dumps he chose to be happy and grateful. His whole life has changed for him. He is now separated from his home, his wife, his church, and many other things he once had. Still he smiles, still he pray, and still he continues life.
I am not so sure I could be so thankful if it were me. Often we fail to see that things could be worse. We often don’t count our blessings! Far to often we blame others and circumstances. I was moved today by someone who lost a lot yet gained so much more. That is what a personal relationship with our God and Savior can do for a person.