Thank you Theodora is here
- Bless Fathers, brothers and sisters in Christ:
Fall has come to my mountains and with it a new gift ....I sit here at this
machine with a pair of $10 "granny glasses" on the tip of my nose and I can
see! How can I tell you of the overwhelming feeling to have recieved from
all the kind wishes and prayers....thank you does not express what I feel.
I had come to peace with the fact that I might not be able to sew or paint
again and the Good Lord would send to me another way in which to serve Him
and my little Parrish. So when I went to hospital I was calm and in trust
in that what would be would be. It was so strange to sit there in the
waiting room and watch the TV coverage of New York and see all the people
waiting for surgery and knowing what terrible times we are in and how even
so, life must go on. I remembered back to a day in which I was the one in
hospital in the operating room helping in surgery on a very difficult case
when a stir began and exploded in much nosie. What had happened???? Our
President has been shot. But we had to go on and finish our job of saving
the life on the table. Now I was the one waiting to be operated on and I
knew that those who would take care of us in the waiting room were doing
what I had once done....just before going into the operating room my doctor
"Can I say a pray?" he asked
"Certainly, I have had prayers said both for me and you already" I replied
in my very happy state ( I react greatly to Valium!!)
So he took my hand and ask God to guide him in this surgery and use him to
help all who he would operate on that day ( like we did on that other day so
He finished and my husband , Reader Paul, said a pray also.
As they had had me remove all items I had to take my cross off but had in my
hand a little olive wood cross on a ten bead circle that fits over your
finger in into your palm. This was given to me by a lovely lady in our
Parrish who had gone to the Holy Land . "May I keep this in my hand?' I
asked....yes I was told..and through out surgery prayed for all in need.
It was difficult surgery mostly due to my reactions to medications and
idione and being unable to laid flat because of bone problems . When it was
over and I was checking out, my Doctor came in and said:
"Tomorrow I will see you in my office and I would like to talk with you
about Orthodoxy" I had filled out the forms that said if anything goes
wrong call my Priest pronto!
And we did talk the next day and he wants to talk more. I sent him a icon
of another doctor who long ago served his Lord.
I go back to see him today at 1:30
So pray that I have the right words and that in all these difficult times
and great sorrow, another seed is planted and that we all in love and
compassion follow the words of Our Lord and remember to sing this song of
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still
He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no
evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine ememies: Thou
anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I
shall dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
Tomorrow is the Exaltation of the Cross...the Cross, our rod and staff and
protection ....may we all turn our hearts and minds and words and souls to
He who lives and is our Lord...give us the stength to pray first and speak
quietly and in love following our Faith and doing His will.
May God bless you all and forgive the error in this post...He restored my
eyes but I still can't spell or type.
Theodora in the mountains that I can once again see. Glory to Father and
the Son and the Holy Spirit