This is my Dad. I feel so proud of him! This man has been through so much! He was hit by a drunk driver about 21ish years ago and has suffered through permanent consuquences. Two failed ablations, both of which resulted in more permanent health consequences. He has gone through ARDS which again was brought on not by himself. Then a massive hemorrhagic stroke. And epilepsy. And----well that list is bad enough. But tonight as I was visiting with my Dad, I was really struck by how incredible it is that even after all that, he can still sit and laugh at jokes, he will still go out and talk to people, he still does things! I am amazed!
We were talking tonight how believers in Christ will see something happen and hopefully will recognize it as a miracle while those who aren't believers will see a miracle and may only call it a coincedence. I am so thankful to have a testimony of Jesus Christ and I am grateful for the daily miracles in all our lives! I am thankful to belong to parents who recognize that He blesses us with those daily miracles. I am absolutely certain it is impossible for me in my mortal state to recognize completely all He does, but I know and I testify of His involvement in our everyday lives. I firmly believe there is eternal consuqeunce and relevance in our every-day lives. I know the choices I make today are important for my future, but I also know that I am not expected to be perfect. But our perfect Father in Heaven and our Savior Jesus Christ provided a perfect plan for each individual with the opportunity to repent.
I know my Dad's life does matter to Heavenly Father and it certainly matters to me! Even though my Dad can't do what he used to do I know there is purpose and happiness and joy to be felt in his life. As I look at my blog and see the google search terms that lead some people to it, I feel a little like crying for some of them! One person who visited several pages on my blog found it by typing "People who have watched loved ones suffer hemorrhagic stroke". I don't know who that is, of course, but I pray for you! I don't understand strokes, I don't understand why we can send rockets to Mars but we can't fix a brain. I know that our Lord knows all the answers and does have the power to heal, and that we have to figure out how to get through each day, and hopefully with cheer, while we wait.
I want to tell you that you are not alone in your suffering. Your Father in Heaven hears your prayers and He knows the thoughts and intents of your heart. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ--the only Begotten!--to Atone for the pains of mortality. It is hard and it is shattering sometimes, but it is worth it to press on and trust in the Lord. The comfort available through trust on the Lord is incredible. His yoke is easy, and His burden is light! He calls "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest". I believe that is true. Please call on the name of Jesus Christ in your trials, in your suffering. He will heal the wounded soul. He truly can!
I am thankful I get to keep this blog. Really even if it is only so that I will sit down once in a while and write out my testimony of the Savior then it is worth it for me. I do love Jesus Christ, I am thankful to be a Christian and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am thankful I was able to gain my testimony by sincerely praying and asking and that is the way for anyone who wants to know to find out for themselves.
Thanks for reading! A lot of love to you all and good night!