I have written here before about D. (Joanne's physical therapist) and the stroke that her sister L. suffered almost a month ago now. This morning D. was here at the house and I was struck by the idea of resilience. With everything she is going through D. shows up three days a week to work with Joanne and I think every time she is here she has a smile on her face and a great attitude. I have never seen her downcast or troubled. So either she has some amazing will power to just buck up and deal with it or there is something else in there that allows her to cope with a crazy-tough situation.
It is amazing to me how people can suffer horribly and somehow it gets to feeling like some kind of normal at some point. I know that with Joanne, as hard as her situation is, there is a normalcy to it. Not a comfortable normalcy in the "everything is just fine the way it is " vein. But a "this is the way it is for now so lets do the best we can with what we got" sort of normalcy. Living in this space is a struggle for all of us I think. It requires that we stay in the moment and not borrow trouble from the future. That's where depression comes from--borrowing trouble from tomorrow or next week or next month.
I was talking to a friend on the phone and he mentioned that the monastics practice this presence-in-the-moment discipline and it got me thinking about important it is to practice that in my own life. I think it's probably important for all of us, no matter what's happening. I will be the first to admit that this is insanely difficult. For me, the morning is the worst time--that 15 minutes between when I wake up and when I get out of bed. My mind races without fail and I have to force my thoughts this way and that way to avoid the darkness. But it is ever present. I know it's worse for Joanne. We have talked about it and she wrestles mightily.
1. Resilience! Please pray that for all who suffer and for those who love them that God would provide a deep well of resilience to draw from that is present because our hope is in Him who can do far more to minister to us than we can even conceive.
2. This may seem like a silly one, but Joanne is getting a haircut today. A good one might put a little spring in her step. So pray for a great cut!
3. Praise the Lord for all the people that have come around Joanne, that minister to her body and spirit. Thank God for the PT, the OT, the massage therapist, the adaptive yoga instructor, the orthodics specialist, the doctors, the nurses, friends and family that are all on her team. It blows me away to see the investment that so many have poured in. For some it may be just a job, but it is clear that for others there is a deeper connection there, and we are blessed by it.