Thursday, May 6, 2010

Anna = Nurse

[nurs] noun, verbnursed

As a noun...

1. a person formally educated and trained in the care of the sick or infirm.
2. any fostering agency or influence.

Yes, Anna is a nurse, but, at the same time, she's so much more. It's not just what she IS, it's what she DOES.

As a verb

1. to tend or minister to in sickness, infirmity, etc.
2. to try to cure by taking care.
3. to look after carefully so as to promote development; foster; cherish.

But even yet, it's so much more. It goes farther, still. It's not even who she is or what she does. It's HOW she does it.

She tends to others, consistently and tirelessly putting them and their needs before her own.

She ministers to souls. Ushering them through life's most significant and memorable events - be they ones of immeasurable joy or profound sorrow.

She anticipates. She empathizes. She pours herself out. She prays.

I pray that you, Dear Anna, have at least some small idea of how far your touch of love, compassion and healing has reached. It is breathtaking.

I love you, Sister. Happy Nurses' Day!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Words (for a mom and dad) To Live By

Last night, at Caleb's end-of-the-year music performance, his chapel teacher said something that really rang true:

"Raising kids
takes lots of
really long days
and just a few
very short years."

Not so easy to remember in the middle of all those long days, but it's true. It's passing in the blink of an eye...and I don't want it to. Just a reminder to cherish every moment...