For those of you wondering how Brian’s mom has been, here is an update that his Dad wrote on Christmas. (I can’t get the picture to attach, sorry!)
Merry Christmas to you and your family!
It has been a while since my last update. Our journey that began last Christmas has turned out to be a life changing journey of experiencing God, but not without its peaks and valleys. Let me first share with you a Canon moment of our inner-most joy that was captured by the professional photographer as I cautiously walked Virginia down the aisle at our daugther’s wedding. Virginia was able to witness the matrimony, an important ceremony for any mother that she had once thought she would miss when she was confused and wheelchair bound in the hospital. Praise the Lord, in this summer after her discharge, we were blessed with the presence of families, friends and relatives to share our joy, together in the presence of our loving God.
A year ago, Virginia was lying helplessly in the ICU of a Honolulu hospital. Today while there are still much needed improvements with her speech, memory and motor skills, her intellects are intact as she managed her daily routines and made personal decisions with very minimal assistance. When she experienced difficulties expressing, it would be my call of duty to make the best effort to understand her by practicing the first aspect of love, “patient”. She has a good appetite even with my cooking and generally slept through the night supplemented with a siesta. With the holiday season, although fatigue would easily set in, she has the needed energy to endure concerts, movies and as well as Christmas parties. Last week, she has completed all formal hospital therapies with noticeable progressions towards her independence in future. The professional advice is for continuing support through private arrangements focusing on music and conversational simulations. Calls, visits or Facetime are welcome as a part of her therapy reconnecting blessed thoughts as I have witnessed how a familiar face, voice or melody could touch off an unexpected positive reaction.
For me, the greatest gift to ease into my un-scheduled early retirement is having a purpose of rebuilding a life that we have once committed to each other, only this time it is being built on the foundation of relying on God’s daily mercy. While God is healing Virginia physically, he is healing me spiritually as I meditate on his words on my daily walk. God revealed himself through his voice, his touch and his comfort, and with repeated affirmations that indeed he has been with us. He is transforming my bondage of guilt, hurt and despair into an energy of faith, hope and love.
“Richer, fuller, deeper, Jesus love is sweeter, sweeter as the years go by”. We had prayed a year long prayer that God would prepare us to serve him and that we could clearly hear his voice to depart from a blessed career. The voice was clear, but what we did not expect in the answer was a life changing adventure that would lead us to a richer, fuller, deeper and sweeter experience of God’s love. God is restoring our happiness with an abundance of joy as we share with others our encounter with him.
Over this holiday season, Calgary is hibernating in a deep freeze, but the frigid temperature only accentuate the warmth of your love and care. Please remember to venture with us with your prayers on Virginia’s recovery, which can be trying at times. I am hopeful that someday soon Virginia will be stable enough to resume travel, with me carrying the bags along side as usual, to re-unite with our far away beloved friends and relatives to count the blessings and give glory to God.
May the spirit of Christmas compels us to pursue aspects of love. “Love is patient, love is kind……………..”, all because God is love!
Jack and Virginia