Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Frank, whose wife Gladys went to Heaven last Saturday, was next on our list of people to be visited. Frank has had a difficult time since losing his wife. He did not want to go home, so an amazing couple in the church who were great friends of Frank and Gladys through the years, had Frank's hospital bed moved into a bedroom of their home. They are sweetly and tirelessly caring for their friend. Frank was in church on Sunday morning, but is now battling a persistent virus--everyone is hoping he does not get pneumonia, and everyone is hoping he can attend his wife's funeral on Friday.
We stopped for some lunch. I had a crown come off a tooth yesterday, so I'm not eating anything sticky, chewy, hard, or crunchy--my side salad and handful of fries were good though. Our waitress had an accent, so we got into a conversation with her about where she was from, where we were from, and why were all in 29 Palms. She opened up about a hurtful situation in her life, and we tried to encourage her to not give up on God.
People are hurting everywhere. Death of loved ones, poor health, aging loved ones--life has so many struggles. I am so happy to have learned under the teaching of so many great people, but especially Mrs. Marlene Evans. Mrs. Evans taught me so much about how to deal with hurting people. I remember her saying, " You don't have to find just the right thing to say. Just tell people you love them, and you are praying for them." I'm so thankful on days like this to have had such good advice. It is so easy to search and struggle to find just the right words that will make everything all better; unfortunately, there really are not any words that can make it all magically better. The best thing we can do comfort others is to let them know they are loved and to really, truly pray for them.