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No Service Unnoticed

Ken and I always look forward to attending Family Retreats for the refreshment it is for us, but looking around, I love how refreshing Retreat is for other attendees… especially siblings.

At the time of my accident, my sisters were mostly in their early 20s, but I could tell my broken neck really shook their world. Looking back, I now see how my siblings struggled as Mom and Dad were being pulled in many directions. My sister Kathy gave up Saturday mornings to come to the hospital so our mother could take a break. My other two sisters often advocated for me when sheets were changed, or medications were missed. Oh, how my siblings would have loved for a few empathetic people to come alongside and help.

Even after I returned home, things were difficult for my sisters. I’m thinking especially of Jay Kay. When she invited me to live with her at the family farm, it seemed the best thing to do. But those first few months were pretty depressing; I would tell her to close the drapes, turn on the air conditioner, and leave me alone in a darkened room… I can only imagine how hard that was for my sister.

At the time of my accident, my sisters were mostly in their early 20s, but I could tell my broken neck really shook their world.

Once I moved out to California, I figured that my sisters’ “caring” for me was in the past. But then, nine years ago, I was diagnosed with cancer. Again, they rearranged their schedules to fly out to California to be by my side. I am so thankful for each of my three sisters; they are God’s gifts to me. When I think of their many sacrifices for me, I am reminded of that verse in Matthew where Jesus says, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

Kathy, Jay Kay, and Linda… be assured your service to me (and to God!) has not gone unnoticed. And I can’t wait to join our Savior in showering happy accolades on all of you when we gather at His Throne!


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