I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them.

1 Timothy 2:1

I apologize for the late post. I’m moving the posts to Fridays because my Wednesdays are very busy. Recently though, I broke my foot at the end of March in China but when I came back home in August it still wasn’t healed. So, I had to get a surgery so it could heal correctly. Yesterday was my surgery. It went well, and I’ve only been down and out for only one day so far (5 weeks to go). As I have been resting something has been hitting me hard. We’re all connected.

I first noticed this when I was in the back room, alone with the nurses, one of them was studying for her nurses’ exam and the other nurse was helping her. But the other nurse was also stressed too. Her family reunion had recently been canceled and she was scheduled for overtime to get leave for the trip. I overheard them and despite their stresses, they were very nice to me. So I prayed for them and wished the one I saw before I left well on her test.

Then after my surgery I met another nurse whose family trip to Japan was canceled. Her two daughters were devastated and the nurse herself got very excited hearing about my travels. Though she also talked to me about the book I was reading and was very attentive to my care. I told my parents that we had to pray for her so she and her family could travel.

When I came home, everyone rushed to help me and things like using the bathroom were extremely easier with help. Despite that, sometimes I did revert to my old independent ways that I had to use in China and I had to consciously choose to ask or wait for help. I still do. But even though I forget, those around me reminded me that we’re connected. We all need help and that’s okay.

God works (even beat death) to keep us alive, like a gardener with His precious flower bed. And if He works so much to keep us alive, should we not at least help keep each other alive? Whether we’re giving each other nutrients to grow, we can pray and hold up those that need it. For if one dies, we could all die. If one is infected with weeds, those weeds could kill/infect us or those around us. So we all need to help each other, even if it’s just a word of kindness or a quick prayer.

God will take care of us, even when He’s pruning us and it’s extremely painful, He is taking care of us. He knows that we each need care and attention, different care because not one of us alike. From those that you’ll never meet again, to those you see every day, to yourself. Let us help keep our fellow flowers alive. For just a morsel of kindness can keep us growing, keep us alive.

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