Monday, April 30, 2018

From New Orleans To Haskell County And Parts In Between

Because of the proof provided by this ministry, they will glorify God for your obedient confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone. And as they pray on your behalf, they will have deep affection for you because of the surpassing grace of God in you.
2 Corinthians 9:13-14

     I want to express my appreciation to the many people who made a long week much shorter. My stepfather, Jim McCurley, had a major stroke on a Thursday morning and died the following Sunday morning. In between the event and his death, many people prayed and cared. And they continue to pray and care.
     Professors in a doctoral seminar made it possible for me to miss half the seminar and still keep up. Danny took care of Wednesday. Deacons and elders took care of the congregation. Our church and many others prayed and offered their love and care. Tracy took care of everything else in the office. Thanks.
     My sister, Christi, made multiple trips from Lubbock, used her expertise in hospice care to support her mother and Jim's sons and family. And, the information freak that I am, she kept me regularly updated. Brad and Haley, you've been so good to my mom, and when the time came you took care of Jim. So thankful.
     My daughter graciously road (drove most of the way) with me from NOLA, to Sabine Parish to pick up Denise, and then to Haskell.  People who loved Jim, his sons, our mother, and all our family filled the church. Matthew and Craig did a wonderful job honoring their fathers - the earthly one and the heavenly one. Mike sang like only he can. Shelton, brother, you ministered throughout.
     Twenty-one women cooked and fed us lunch. Ladies, never underestimate the importance of the spiritual gift of hospitality. Several hours after the service, as we gathered in Wichita Falls for the graveside, there were more friends and family from that neck of the woods.
     So, from NOLA, to Haskell County, to parts in between, "Thank you." Forgive me if I didn't list your name. One more thing. As Jim and Mom have struggled with health issues over the past two years, we (the adult children) have struggled with them being so far from any of us. That's where the last "thank you" comes in.
     Thanks to all who continue to love and care for our Mimi (my mother). She's not ready to pack up and move to be near one of us. She has too many people she needs to serve right where she is as long as she can. It's difficult to realize her increased needs, know we could meet them, and know that she's not ready to move. It is a great blessing to see how many people there are around her who aren't just saying they care, but are showing it. Love you all.