day today. First, I thought class went pretty good, at least considering that SU was very ill and couldn’t make it. Never fun for the Bigjolly to talk to women. But, the music went well, one of the members even told me so. JM was back in the saddle, no mando yet but soon. The same lady that told me how much she likes the music and that is pretty much why she comes also said that when “that other guy didn’t want to get up there, I didn’t understand, ya’ll are soo good!”. Ha, that’ll teach him to leave me lurching, hanging in the wind.
After church, I made it up to the hospital to visit the guy that has been diagnosed with cancer. It is in a very advanced stage and there isn’t much time left, barring the unexpected. I was able to speak with his wife, who is torn between keeping a stiff upper lip and letting the tears flow. I encouraged her to let them flow but know how very hard that is. I’m so glad that I was able to muster up the courage necessary to do this, I can tell it is appreciated and I certainly am blessed by it. She knows that he is not going to be with us long and her only wish is that he wake up long enough to say goodbye. Fortunately, I’m a good hugger 🙂 and she was able to release some of her stress.
After that, I attended a memorial service for a lady in our class that is best known as the Amen! girl. Her father has been ill for a long time and passed away yesterday. She is so sweet, so innocent. She reminds me how simple the Gospel is and how we twist it, turn it, violate it so that we can feel self-righteous. I will forever hold a picture of her in my mind anytime someone screws up that simple message: God loves YOU.
Touch. Human touch. I think I will address that some day. Nothing can take the place of human touch.