The Days Grow Long

December 28, 2008 at 8:46 am Leave a comment

In late September, as I looked out Dottie’s window in Texas, the golden leaves drifting to the ground reminded me of, “September Song.”  ”…I miss you most of all…when Autumn leaves begin to fall.” We’d only been back in the States 8 weeks, but I was missing our friends in Sfantu Gheorghe, missing teaching therapists how to help bring healing to hurting people, missing the dear people who came to practice English by reading the Bible with Dan, missing our church family.

And, now, December 27, we are in Montara, CA, with family who love us and take such good care of us.  But we still miss the good people we’ve come to love in Romania.  Today while Dan was taking a nap, Michelle took some of us to a beautiful mountain forest of giant Redwood trees.  Walking up the forest trail, my eyes filled with tears as I remembered the times in the lovely forests of Holland or the Carpathian Mountains.  

We are on a different path now…taking care of Dan.  Many times, the Home Health nurses put the bandage on in ways that create deep pain. He doesn’t want to bother me.  But I ask him anyway to let me check the bandage…just in case the bandage is loose, tight, or wrinkled — all of which cause Dan to hurt.  Tonight, it took an hour for me to change the bandage the nurse had put on 4 hours earlier.  

Michelle made the day brighter by preparing a lovely dinner with long red tapered candles glowing in the center of our table.  Leann, Michelle’s mother, organized the fridge with all of Dan’s organic veggies in 2 drawers.  Scott entertained us after dinner with a Marx Brothers movie.  Raymond and Emily delighted us with tea and conversation.  AND, WE ARE NEARING $2,000 TO PURCHASE CANES, CRUTCHES, WHEEL CHAIRS in Romania, for the needy in St. George, Romania.  We have much for which to be thankful.

Paul wrote the Christians in Philippians 3:20-21, “…our citizenship is in heaven.  We eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.”  One day, we’ll be with all our loved ones who are in Christ.  No more tears, no more saying goodbye. — Anne and Dan

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