Monday, April 19, 2010

another step toward normalcy

Debbie and I are wrapping  a couple of days away in Monterey (thanks to our family for the gift). We are sitting at Peets Coffee doing what we do: Debbie reading a novel and I with my computer open - reading about another friend requesting prayer for one in tragedy. It is Monday and I am anticipating the week. I have a tendency to talk schedules with my family - what is coming up, how we are going to orchestrate the cars, etc. It can be frustrating for them as settling down in the present can be difficult - but what I have come to realize is that it helps me to be present when we have a clear plan for the future. While planning is good, for me it is also a trust issue. On the way to Monterey on Saturday I started talking about this week with Debbie - she indulged me and actually started asking me questions - I felt so affirmed, so valued, so cared for. Crazy how something little that can be such a nuisance can also show that you care. Listening to someone holds value. (Thanks for listening here.)

This week is crazy. I accepted a temp job with the Census. I did it a year ago and really did not like it. I get to meet all these great people in our community and have to ask superficial questions - when so many are dealing with so much. But it is a such an answer to prayer - a provision of faith - as I transferred the last of our savings to our checking last week and have temp job next week. Tomorrow morning I will be speaking to a mission board regarding chaplaincy - I have already been approved as a volunteer chaplain at Valley Medical and hope to expand that to Santa Cruz. It is a step of obedience, a step of faith, a step toward God's calling - to minister to those in the midst of tragedy. I see it as an opportunity not to help tighten their grip on hope - to actually grasp my hand around their hand. God continues to increase each week conversations that provide a wind to my back knowing God is directing.

So for Jake, he was able to work on Saturday at Freeline Design - the first time since June 28th. What an amazing family Freeline has been to Jake and to us. What a blessing it is for him to work their again. What a blessing for Debbie and I to actually go away for a couple of nights and have Jake help take care of Jensen. Steps of normalcy that we have forgotten how sweet.

For those that are in the Santa Cruz area, this Friday is a county-wide worship concert. They asked me to  share a bit of Jake's Journey here is the link: INSPIRE


Gotta run - there is probably more. Thanks for the continued partnership...

grabbing onto hope,

Tom (daddy)

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