Sitting in the cancer center waiting area, I look around at all the others. It's a pretty full room today. I see people I've seen before, and most that I haven't. People very different from one another in the way they dress, different income levels, different races, urban people and rural people. All of us, though, damaged in some way. Damaged but hopeful. Certainly, some are new to the game, looking bewildered, or anxious, or afraid. But most look matter-of-fact, people who are very familiar with the place they are and the things they are about to have done. Some are quite upbeat, clearly on the better side of their situations.
Really, though, when you think about it, all of us fit these descriptions. Damaged in some way or other. New to a situation, or very familiar with it, we wait for what happens next. Sometimes bewildered, sometimes upbeat, we walk through many rooms of our lives damaged, but hopeful. That we can hope in hard places is one of the things we can be thankful for. Loved ones to sit beside us when we are facing the unknown, people to celebrate with us when we are on the better side of our situations.
“In all things, give thanks” it says in I Thessalonians 5. Some days we have to try harder to get to this. But damaged as we may be, there are things for which to be thankful.
Peace to you................... Jeannie