At the beginning of this year I made a pretty snap decision to have two major surgeries. It was a decision that I didn’t want to have to make because I am used to being the one who is there for other people, leading and organising things – particularly for the Youth at church. I especially don’t like being absent from my Community Group family or the Youth kids.
Three weeks after making my choice, I had my first surgery. It took five hours and I was in hospital for 10 days. I was expected to be housebound for three months until my next surgery, and then at least two months again after that!
In hospital when I was in my bedridden, painful, and depressed state, my Community Group surprised me by visiting on our regular Monday night. Even more special was that, with the youth, they’d created a “Get Well”/”We Miss You” video and a poster full of messages. I had visits from at least one of them nearly every day in hospital and in the few weeks afterwards at home. Also, when I couldn’t attend our Community Group they Skyped me in just so that I could stay in bed!
My parents’ home is in Gippsland and my body couldn’t travel that far to stay with them, so I had to stay in Melbourne at my home. After my second surgery, my housemate went to Europe so one of my Community Group members stayed with me for two weeks. She took great care of me even though she worked full-time – and really missed her cat.
Even now in my more mobile state, they continue to give me rides to places, visit me to keep me company, bring DVDs to watch, send messages to make me smile and bring me food that I can eat. Their consistency has been overwhelming and I can see how their gathering together to support and love me has drawn us closer together and strengthened our friendships.
And it’s really difficult to NOT see God working through ALL of our lives in this, despite the painful situation that it continues to be.
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