The Other Side

So I’ve been having these thoughts in my head…I know, thoughts in my head may seem like a miraculous event to some of you! This week is an interesting week. It is a week where most people have short work weeks and most students are out of school. This happens of course in respect of Thanksgiving, which happens on the fourth Thursday of November. This is a time where we give thanks for everything that we are blessed with…family, friends, jobs, health, freedom, stuff, etc. I think we as a country and society do that quite well by celebrating with lots and lots of eating!
We have so many people to thank for these blessings. Our military, our families, friends, and of course first and foremost, our Father. Thank you Lord for all these blessings. And this particular week, I have a new found (or at least a rekindled) appreciation of the things that are important to me.
As most of you know, Darla (my wife) had surgery this week. It was major surgery; the kind of surgery that ‘women’ have. Enough said about that. She is doing great…kind of slow, but completely understandable. I am so proud of her. She has been brave, even in the face of fear, she stood strong. And she is showing me stamina and strength that makes me smile and be proud again for her and of her. I am also very proud of Darla’s mom, Ernestine, and our kids. They have all stepped up so much to help out.
In my line of work, I am the one who always is rendering aid to people in times of need. That’s what I do. That’s who I am. That’s what I’m good at. This time however, the people in need are us. In times of sickness and surgeries and injuries, people rally around the affected family and bring food and support for that family. Well, ‘that’ family is mine this time. And I am on ‘The Other Side’. And it’s making me uncomfortable. I am supposed to be strong and take care of things. But sometimes in life, things are beyond our ability to take care of them right, or completely. So, I have this constant parade of food coming to my door. There is a continual knock on the door of people wanting to say hello, and to see what they can do to help. There is a deeply meaningful and spiritual word that describes this…the effort and love and commitment that God’s people have for each other. It is a very complex word with deep meaning that I know you will get right away. Get out your paper…etch it in your heart…because next time, it could be you and your family.
The word? What word is it that describes being on ‘The Other Side’ and be taken care of? The only word is this one…WOW!

I love you all!!!


3 Responses to “The Other Side”

  1. i am thankful for having a wonderful youth minister that is always there for me and that can teach me about jesus and god in a way i can understand it. and i am thankful for an amazing youth group and a wonderful church family:D and my bestfriend God and Jesus:D

    darla is an amazing woman.
    i would have never been as stong at darla has.i love u sherman and i will do any thing for u and ur family.

    i love u sherman!!!

  2. for once I was able to take care of you guys like you always take care of me…I was happy about that and glad to at least say what’s up and talk to you…you’re the best

    I love you Sherman
    you’re amazing ; )

  3. The Bledsoes love the Gardners! We are glad you are all a part of our ‘family’!

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