Tom always does pretty good at recovering.
He is doing good now and stays mostly in a good spirit.
He's so grateful to have his hand and fingers.
We were thinking about the ministry being the hand
and the fingers being the different callings. . .
they are all so very important and hooked together in
such a fashion that if one gets hurt they all fail
to function like they should. . .like they were designed.
Why would anyone cut off one of the gifts God designed to meet the needs of the body?
Every minister of the Lord has some important ingredient to help
us keep our body clean spiritually. . .
to help us grow into mature Christians.
We "need" our "hands" spiritually.
We need to appreciate all they do to keep us doing God's work.
We need to lift them up above our heart so the blood can bring healing to the body.
If we've ever used our hearts and mouths in a way that caused our hand or fingers to be
cut. . .we need to work quickly to get them re-attached. . .
The doctor told Tom to try and keep his hand above his heart so it would
heal better. . .and that way he'd be able to have a better chance of redeeming function to the fingers.
So many lessons the Lord can teach us when we have "ears to hear" and
"eyes to see".
This picture was one week after his surgery.
It's looking good and no signs of infection.
He may get the pins out after another week
but the healing will take much longer. . .at least two months according to the doctor.
Anyway, I just want to say I've loved holding those hands
all through my lifetime.
One of my favorite memories is of me walking through town
with Tom in the early evening (our style of dating)
and holding hands.
We'd look at the lighted homes giving out their glow of warmth
and dream about having a home of our own someday.
We'd listen to the sounds of laughter and sometimes kids crying or shouting. . .
and we'd hold hands thinking of how we wanted our home to be.
Now, we've been married for 41 years. . .
we still hold hands. . .and we still enjoy it.
One of my favorite things that I love is when Tom reaches over at a
restaurant or in our home and holds my hand as we pray.
I love to see other folks holding hands too.
I plan on holding Tom's hands until the day one of us leave this world.
Anyway. . .this is just my thinking on hands. . .
Thank all of you who have been praying for Tom.
We appreciate your prayers and concern.
One more note - Stan and Sarah were both right there with their dad in the hospital.
Stan was helping make decisions and making sure he got the best doctors.
(We did, our Dr. Cho was excellent!)
Sarah was there showing her concern and stayed way into the night to ride home with me.
(But I then went back because I just wanted to make sure he was okay.)
Chad Hanna, Janet Perry, Don Lawson, Bro. Gary Wright,
Bro. Craig Dacus and Sis. Darlene Stelljes came by to show their love.
Becky and the kids were at home praying for Tom.
Others in the family and church kept calling us on the phone. . . Tom felt very loved.
Janet watched Sarah's kids so Sarah could be there with her dad.
It's great to have people who care.