Greetings to all from the Eolia Christian Community Outreach Center.
“I will remember the works of the Lord: surely I will remember thy wonders of old. I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings.” Psalm 77:11,12.
I’ve always heard the old wives’ tale, ‘The way you began the first day of the year is what to expect for the rest of the year.’ If that’s true then the good Lord confirmed His will for ECCO for the year 2010 by sending Glenda and Richard Brown on a mission to ECCO New Year’s Day.
Glenda and Richard were collecting clothing, personal care items and food for a burned out family of six. Five children, the oldest being seven, and the mother was expecting another.
I see Glenda often, but it was the first time to meet her husband, Richard, and my first impression was one of a very kind and caring person. They apologized for calling me at home since ECCO was closed that day, but I didn’t mind at all opening for an emergency.
When at the Outreach I’m often asked by friends how Tony is doing. They talk of how they miss hearing the familiar whistling and joking around that he’s well known for. Often my progress report is like a roller coaster ride, up and down. There are days he seems to feel much better, and the next he can hardly move for so much pain.
I researched online about his treatment and the side effects of debilitating joint pain. It seems about 10 percent of chemo patients suffer this side effect.
When I told Tony he groaned, “I would have to be in that 10 percent.” After a few seconds adding, “Oh well, nothing lasts forever, not even this pain.”
Emily spent a couple of days with us, and was thrilled to wake up Saturday morning to see about three inches of snow had fallen overnight. Two layers of clothing plus a snowsuit later she was on top the hill behind our cabin with her new snowboard she got for Christmas yelling, “Watch me, Mammaw.”
Down the hill she came like she had done a hundred times before, but this time was different. Hitting a bump on the way down and landing at the bottom, she just rolled over and didn’t move for a few seconds. I knew she was hurt.
Now as you all know, Emily is the love of our life, and for a few seconds the world stood still, or so it seemed. And then I was going in a dozen different directions.
I can tell you now, I’m no good in an emergency. She insisted she was all right, but her back hurt. Not taking any chances we took her to the emergency room for x-rays. Tony had just received chemo a few days before and was unable to go, but I called him every 15 minutes to give a progress report.
My last call was to inform him nothing was broken and other than being a little sore, she was fine. For a few seconds there was silence and I was about to ask if he was still there, when he burst out crying and thanking the Lord that Emily was not seriously hurt.
With that I’ll leave you with this thought for the day: “Sometimes we are so busy adding up our troubles that we forget to count our blessings.”
Community Bulletin Board: Good News Club, Wednesday, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Eolia Mission for children 3 and up. Kid’s Time, Friday 10-11:15 a.m. at ECCO. Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Department meets the second Sunday of each month 11 a.m. at the Partridge station; volunteers are welcome. Partridge Lions Club meets the first and third Tuesday of each month, 6:30 p.m. at the Ovenfork Senior Citizens Center; come and bring a guest. Bible study with Dave Hammond and others, Monday evenings 7 p.m. at ECCO. All are welcome.
This week our prayer list includes Olivia Blair, Judy Branham, Judy McKnight, Bent Shepherd, Garland Couch, Richard McFarland, Don Brown, Bear Hissom, Raymond Kiser, Ralph Nease, Lucy Maggard, Stephanie Estep, Lillian and Nora Walker, Pat Shelton, Roger Shelton, Jack and Marie Snell, Dorothy Nease, Helen Chapman, Jeff Chapman-Crane, Emily Gross, Tony and Brenda Gross.
Also to be lifted up in prayer are those enslaved by drugs and alcohol, may they be delivered, our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, the United States, our president and the leaders of our country, all the children hurt by war, and the ministry of ECCO.
Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Until next week from the folks at ECCO, God bless.