Circling the Wagons

True friendships are truly tested in times of need. This truth has never proven so real to me than a few weeks ago, when my family experienced an event that could have been catastrophic.

It was a day like any other when I decided to accompany my husband to get a stress test ordered by his doctor during a routine checkup the day before. Little did I know then than I’d spend the following two days at the hospital, where the doctors removed extensive blockage from a major artery and introduced a stent in his heart.

But far from going into all the gory details of this event (about which I wrote in a previous post), I wanted to talk about how fortunate and blessed I feel for having such a wonderful network of friends. Friends who brought food, who sent cards, who started prayer circles, who stood by me and my family every step of the way, friends who put their skills at our disposal when the need arose, etc., etc., etc. This realization is humbling as well as gratifying. It is the best birthday gift I could ever have received (it just so happened that the event took place on the day of my birthday!).

In the words of a wise and saintly woman, St. Mother Theodore Guerin, Foundress of the Congregation of the Sisters of Providence of St. Mary of the Woods, I’m convinced that we owe our deliverance to Divine Providence, but I owe my sanity to the kindness of family and friends.

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