He was one of God’s special children…..
I went to a funeral service today. A friend of mine had a son who, was born 4 weeks early, with lung problems. They lived in a small town in Oklahoma at the time and the hospital did not have the facilities to adequately care for him. They had to rush him, in an ambulance, to a hospital 20 minutes away and during that time he lost critical oxygen to his brain. At his death, last Wednesday, Dec. 21st , he was 41 years old. He weighed 55 lbs. and his body was all twisted up. His legs were pulled in and his right arm lay scrunched up next to the side of his body. They said his mental capacity was that of a 14 to 18 month child. He lived with his parents till he was six years old and then they had to place him in a facility that could give him round the clock care. He never walked or talked.. He could wave his left arm and he always had a smile on his face. Many people loved and cared for this young man. He was one of Heavenly Father’s special children.
Many family and friends attended the service. It was very uplifting. Jack Hecker gave an absolutely wonder talk. He talked about Jimmy standing uprightly before God. As usual, I had tears running down my cheeks. I can’t get thru a funeral or a wedding without crying. I guess, what I am feeling right now, is the absolute power of God in my life. I have great faith that someday I will be able to live with him in the eternities. I know that he is a caring God and we have so much to learn while we are here on this earth, which is a proving ground. We learn about sorrow, pain, love and joy. We learn to treasure what life we have and to live it to it’s fullest in a pleasing manner to God. Jimmy was able to teach others about love. Even though my friend is sad with the loss of her son, she knows he is in a better place and with God himself. My whole day is brightened just knowing that….
Now on a different note: I had a great Christmas. TF, Bonnie and I started out the day at church. Around 1:00pm . Jennifer, Justin, JJ and baby Jocelyne came over to open gifts with us. William was up by then and we were ready to share. The family settled in to play with their new toys and listen to the new Paul Simon CD’s. I worked in the kitchen cooking a ham, green bean casserole and yam casserole to take to my sister’s house around 5:00pm.. We had a feast at Pat’s with my entire family in attendance. We ate, exchanged gifts, laughed, and just had a good time in general. Around 8:00pm. we headed home. I put away the leftovers and headed to the couch to RELAX…. It was a great day!
One funny note: As many of you know, I made 4 recipes of Ginger Bread cookies, 2 giant batches of “Neiman Marcus” cookies, some chocolate cookies, and two double batches of fudge for this years gift giving. TF took it on himself to test about 1/3rd of the cookies. Every time I would turn around, I would see him with another glass of milk and a plate of cookies. I would remind him that I did not make all those cookies for him. I actually had to hide the cookies so he would not devour them all by himself. We did manage to give away about 18 plates of goodies and four little baskets of cookies and fudge. That does not count all the ginger bread cookies that I shipped out via the post office and UPS.
Today’s Recipe: Speedy Ziti with Zesty Chicken: