This is the first I've been able to reflect on the kindness we were shown the week of Maria's surgery. First, Sunday Nov. 22 we received numerous phone calls from family and friends telling us of our old home church in Whitney Point praying for our family. It was a service orchestrated by God. Gary's parents, my parents, and my grandparents all attend different churches. None of them attend Whitney Point, but that Sunday, unbeknownst to them they all attended Whitney Point. They all had different reasons to attend, but it was no coincidence that they were there together on a day that they all needed encouragement. They were all surprised to see each other. The pastor of the church, before seeing the family, felt led to pray for Maria at the beginning of the service. Then when he walked into the church and saw all of our family he knew that he was indeed supposed to pray for her. At the end of the service (due to Thanksgiving) the pastor gave a chance for people to share testimonies and prayer requests. Again, the church took the time to have 3 other people pray for Maria and our family. Imagine our joy to hear that our families were able to be at a service where we were being uplifted before the Lord. Also, imagine our joy as we did not know of the pastor's plans. It is so encouraging to realize that our bond in Christ has kept us together even though we moved from the church 3 1/2 years ago. We are so blessed by the love they showed and continue to show through their prayers, phone calls, e-mails, and cards.
We've just recently been attending a new church where we live and the people there have also been so kind. They added us to their prayer chain. They check with us to see how we're doing and how Maria is doing. It is hard to begin new relationships, but much easier because we have the same common bond. We have a Savior who is Christ the Lord. We rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn. It is a great comfort to know that they were and are continuing to pray for us as well.