Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Some of my greatest treasures
My brother is DONE with his radiation!! His hair is growing back and he is getting stronger day by day.
We got to see him last week on my way home from Grand Rapids/Battle Creek.
Doesn't he look great?
Doc and Jan are some of the dearest, sweetest, Christ like people I know.
Have you ever been around someone and just felt accepted, loved and cherished?
In 1980, I knelt in my dorm room at MSU and asked Jesus Christ to be my Saviour.
I had been going to some Bible study meetings in their home in East Lansing.
They also led the Fellowship of Christian Athletes group there, in the bowels of the MSU stadium. Friday mornings, at 7 am...donuts fed my college body and fellowship fed my new baby Christian heart and soul.
I blew out my ACL in an intramural scrimmage one cold January night in 1981. Guess who came to see me in Alma as I recovered from surgery?
Doc and Jan.
My Mom did not know Christ yet. You should have seen her jaw hit the floor.
"What are you going to do Bonzo?" they both asked.
"I guess I'm dropping out and going back home.."
I really didn't think I had any other options.
"Oh no you're not, you are going to come stay with us!"
And so I did.
His family loved on me, his girls accepted me like I was part of the family and I got rehab through the women's field hockey coach program. Jan took me to class in her little Dodge Omni horizon, stick shift car. I had a cast on my left leg from my hip to my toes..it was winter but we did it. Jan helped tutor me in Algebra and Doc loved me like a daughter.
Then the match maker Doc asked a young man who had been attending his Bible study class and maybe the FCA meetings, to go and befriend this young lady in her Crop and Soil Science class.
She shouldn't be hard to find, just look for a girl with a full length cast on her leg.
Tim told me years later, my hair was all messed up and he did it just to honor Doc.
Almost 24 years of marriage can't prove him wrong!!
Fast forward 24 years... While I was coming home, I met with them and their daughter Laura in GR.
Doc and Jan drove in a thunderstorm to see us, took us out to a fabulous lunch and continued to show me and my girls the love of God.
Their daughter is a D.O. and she saw Hannah for her knee..she had surgery last year for a benign brain tumor and had radiation. She lifted her hair and showed me her curls coming in where they zapped her. It looked very familiar!! Giving her a hug was worth more than words to me..
The entire time I was with them I sensed the love of God for me and for my daughters.
Our words and our deeds have a lasting punch in people's hearts and lives.
They can either give life or death, hope or disappointment,
encouragement or despair.
I praise God for these dear treasures, my brother, Doc and Jan, and Laura (I am still kicking myself for not taking a pic of her!!)
Thank you for breathing life and hope and love into my life!
He is faithful,