morning afternoon. It is Sunday, April 19, 2015.
Today’s Word of the Day is dessicate. It is a verb, meaning, “to dry up or become dried up,” “to preserve (a food) by drying : dehydrate,” or, “to drain of emotional or intellectual vitality.” Yesterday just about left me dessicated.
Today is Garlic Day. I love garlic, so I’m happy to celebrate this day. I will certainly try to make sure I have something garlicky.
Yesterday was an emotional day, perhaps more so than any other in the last ten days. I’m not quite sure I can identify why. We went up to the Medical Center of Arlington between 9:30 and 10:00 yesterday morning. My mother had called while we were on our way to say that the transport was coming to take my dad to Mineral Wells at 10:30. We would be driving Mom in our car. In one way, it was a very exciting day, because, even though my dad would not be going “home,” per se, he would be back in Mineral Wells, their home town. Mom would get to spend her first night in her home in ten days.
But for some reason, when the transport arrived, and they began the process of moving Dad from the hospital bed to the gurney (or whatever you call those things), I became very emotional, to the point of tears. They got him strapped in, and took him to the vehicle, a non-emergency ambulance-type vehicle, and we went to our car. The drive to Mineral Wells was a good drive, uneventful, with good conversation. We arrived at Mineral Wells Nursing and Rehabilitation only minutes after the transport, and after a moment of confusion, were able to locate where they had taken Dad. They were just moving him to his bed at the facility when we found the room. The nurse who would be taking care of him for that day turned out to be the niece of a guy that I played Pony League baseball with back in the day! She was very sweet, and will be his nurse for at least a few days a week. Her name, it turns out, is Rachel, which is, of course, the name of our oldest daughter. One of the other nurses in that area is named Stephanie. How crazy is that?? I couldn’t decide if that was a “sign” or not.
Anyway, they got him settled in, Mom signed a few forms, and we headed to the house. Mom was so glad to be home! We got her stuff in the house, then Mom and Christi looked over things in the fridge that might be expired, and came up with a few things that we would need to get while we were out. Then Mom and Christi went across the street to get the mail from a good neighbor friend of theirs. They were gone for a few minutes, because the neighbor loves to talk. :-) I fell asleep for a bit, during that time.
After they got back, Mom sorted the mail, and we took her to Pulido’s for lunch. We had a very nice lunch there, then stopped at Dollar General on the way back to the house to get the few items that she felt like she needed for the house. When we got back to the house, they got a phone call, which turned out to be a weather alert. It seems a severe thunderstorm was heading that way from the west. So, at Mom’s insistence, we hurried out to the rehab place, took some pajama pants and a few other items to Dad’s room, and went back to the house so we could hurry back to Fort Worth before the storm hit. Right before we left, the sweetest thing happened. Christi, Stephanie, and I were standing out in the hall while Mom helped Dad “take care of some business.” Stephanie, with tears in her eyes, said that she really felt like we should pray over her Grandpa. Of course, we agreed, so when Mom opened the door again, we we gathered around him, joined hands (his included), and prayed together for him. It felt really good, and I have to say his grip was surprisingly strong.
We left him there, alone (that word really hit me hard, later in the evening), took Mom back to the house, and left here there, alone. This is significant, because in their 58 years of marriage, they have hardly ever been apart from one another. The severe weather sirens were sounding in Mineral Wells as we drove out of town, barely ahead of the dark clouds. I called my mother on the way, to check on her, and she was fine. They had only gotten a good bit of rain and some high winds. She thought she might have heard some small hail, but everything was okay. About 20-30 minutes after we got home, it hit our area with some really high winds and rain. There was some lightning and thunder, much to Tessie’s (dog) dismay, but that was about it.
Somewhere around 9:00 last night, I got hit with a terrible sadness, thinking that my father was alone in that nursing home room. I couldn’t help but wonder what he was feeling, hoping that he didn’t feel abandoned. He knows how much we love him. And I think he knows that, in his current state, there is no way he could be at home with Mom, unless they had some home health care person there, as well. And that may be something that happens in the future. Nevertheless, I had an overwhelming period of deep sadness. I feel better this morning. One of Mom’s friends (the one who got the mail) is supposed to take her up to the rehab place this afternoon. She should be calling us afterward with an update.
We aren’t going back out there today, unless something happens where we are needed. Today is mostly resting. There are a few mundane things that need to be done, but it will be mostly resting, which we badly need. Christi is still not well from the sore throat and coughing she had earlier in the week.
It was on this date in 1971 that Charles Manson was sentenced to death for “Tate/LaBianca” murders. Ironically, he is still alive. This is due to the fact that, in 1972, California abolished the death penalty, at which time all of the Manson “family” sentences were automatically converted to life in prison.
Today’s birthdays include Deaf Smith (American revolutionary), Ole Evinrude (Norwegian-American inventor), Dick Sargent (actor, Bewitched), Jayne Mansfield (actress), Dudley Moore (musician/actor), Elinor Donahue (actress, Father Knows Best), Tim Curry (actor), Al Unser, Jr. (race car driver), Ashley Judd (actress), James Franco (actor), Kate Hudson (actress), Joe Mauer (baseball player), and Maria Sharapova (tennis player).
Dudley Moore was probably best known for either his role as Bo Derek’s stalker in 10, or as the tragically lovable drunk in Arthur. What many people may not know is that he was an accomplished piano player, as well. I was delighted when I discovered, many years ago, that he played the piano part on this Larry Norman song, “The Sun Began To Rain.”
Dudley was born on this date in 1935 and passed away in 2002.
Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
Oh, fear the LORD, you his saints, for those who fear him have no lack!
The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.
Come, O children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
What man is there who desires life and loves many days, that he may see good?
Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit.
Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.
The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous and his ears toward their cry.
The face of the LORD is against those who do evil, to cut off the memory of them from the earth.
When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.
The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all.
He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken.
Affliction will slay the wicked, and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.
The LORD redeems the life of his servants; none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.
(From Heart Aflame)
“David calls upon men to stir up their senses, and to bring a palate endued with some capacity of tasting, that God’s goodness may become known to them.” Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! God certainly does nothing to prevent us from knowing of this goodness, from experiencing it firsthand, with all of our senses. When we refuse to do so, we are “infected with the common malady of dullness.”
The promise that immediately follows seals the deal. Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! “For God never disappoints the expectations of those who seek his favour. Our own unbelief is the only impediment which prevents him from satisfying us largely and bountifully with abundance of all good things.”
In verse 14, the Psalmist says, “seek peace and pursue it.” “In our own personal affairs we should be meek and condescending, and endeavour, as far as it depends on us, to maintain peace, though its maintenance should prove to us a source of much trouble and inconvenience.”
In all of this, we can maintain the confidence that, “The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous and his ears toward their cry” (verse 15). God regards us, and will preserve us under the peace and safety of his protection. We are here directed that we should “reflect upon the providence of God, and to rest assured that [we] are safe under his wings.”
I believe it is also important to note (and the devotional book does not include any comment on this verse) verse 19. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all. We are not promised to be protected from affliction; rather, we are promised to be delivered out of affliction.
Father, I thank you that I have tasted and seen that you are good. This does not make me special. This is not a boast of anything that I have done that has made me better than anyone else, for I am not, and I have done nothing. It is purely by your grace and mercy that I have experienced you, that I have tasted and seen that you are good. I pray that I will continue to taste you and to know you with all of my senses. May your Spirit keep me experientially alive in you. I don’t ever want to be overcome by the “common malady of dullness,” when it comes to you. Teach me to “seek peace and pursue it.” Maintain the confidence in me that your eyes are toward us and that your ears hear our cries. You are our protector. I praise you, Father, for the truth that, even in our darkest sin, you only see us with love, thanks to the sacrifice of Christ, which paid for our sin.
Father, I pray for the current affliction that is upon this family. I pray for deliverance for my father and mother. May your healing hand of mercy give a miracle to us during this time. I pray for my father to regain strength, and that he can return, at least to the level of strength that he had before his accident, if not even stronger. You, O Lord, are capable of all things. “All things are possible with God.” Hear the prayers, O Lord, of the many who are crying out on behalf of my father. There are many who are way more righteous than me (although, in Christ, I suppose we are all equally righteous) who are crying out to you on his behalf. Hear our prayers, O Lord.
May you give us good rest on this day, and may you bring healing on Christi, as well. I pray for a good report from my mother after she visits my father at the nursing home.
I pray for Elizabeth, and praise you for the good report that was received about her. Your grace is amazing, Lord, and we praise you for it.
Grace and peace, friends.