So it’s time for my weekly post on thankfulness, and I felt like this quote by Bonhoeffer really captures the essence of gratitude quite well:
Amen to that!
Anyway, as I reflect on the past week of the Lord’s faithfulness, I am choosing to highlight only one event, because it is top of mind for me at present. Naturally, there are other ways that God has shown His goodness to me these past few days, but there is one that I’d like to focus on in particular for this post.
There really is no way to say it except to say it: My father had a stroke on Saturday morning.
This is after he had surgery in late June for another issue altogether. Note that my Dad – while in his late 70s – is still quite healthy, active, lucid, and – (dare I say it?) still has head full of black hair. In fact, he only gets greys in his beard. Now that is a blessing! 😀
But I digress.
Anyway, despite this news, I can tell you that the Lord has been keeping a tender and watchful eye on my father during and after the stroke episode, and I have been fully confident in His loving care for my father – I haven’t worried about it at all.
So here are a few of the “everyday miracles” surrounding my father’s stroke that I’d like to mention:
- He was not alone when the stroke happened – in fact, he was at home, and it took place in the middle of the night. The difficult part was that he had fallen and was not able to get to a phone. Miraculously, my stepmother had recently purchased a new smart home device and had it installed in the living room (where my Dad had fallen), and so he cried out to the device, “Call [name of my stepmom],” and the device did! My stepmother awoke, went downstairs to find my Dad, and called the paremedics straight away. He was taken to the hospital during that critical first hour of the stroke’s onset – had that not been the case, the outcome might have been very different!
- My father lives on the outskirts of a city on the East Coast, and as he is a veteran, he normally gets his medical services done at the VA. However, the folks in the ambulence let my father know that a hospital known for its expertise in stroke care was nearby, and so he was sent there.
- My father’s speech was a little spotty early on, but soon after the stroke episode, his speech was fully restored to him. I spoke with him on Saturday and Sunday, and he sounded fine.
- The doctors told my Dad that he had a “small stroke,” but that he should recover well. He is able to move his extremeties, and – while he has lost some sensation in parts of his arm and foot on the left side of his body – the guidance he’s received is that these issues should resolve themselves in time, with the help of physical and occupational therapy. Also, he should be able to have these activities covered fully by his VA benefits, so he will not need to incur any additional medical expenses. That alone is a miracle!
- My Dad’s spirits are good, and he knows that God is taking care of him through both of his procedures. No one has gotten stressed out about anything, and my father understands that things could have taken a far different turn, had the Lord not protected him as He has faithfully done.
So as it says in the book of Psalms, “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! His faithful love endures forever.” I am giving thanks today because I am grateful that God has taken such good care of my father, and loves him immeasurably more than I do. ♥️