I am overwhelmed.
Today I logged on to my computer to find no less than ten emails from different people, many of whom I’ve never met, talking about how my blog has inspired and encouraged them. Many have also sent me Facebook messages and reading them has been so incredibly refreshing to my soul. The tears have been flowing!
When I went public with my blog I wanted to help others who were going through similar circumstances as me, and I also saw it as an outlet – a way to process everything that I have been thinking and feeling. I certainly did not expect that it would resonate with so many, and that they would feel compelled to reach out to me.
This is only the most recent act of extravagant love of which I am the recipient. I have been blessed with a wonderful team of therapists who I have come to count as dear friends, and fellow soldiers fighting this battle. I have been blown away by the love that they and many others have shown for Luke. People have cooked meals for my family, babysat my children, given us money, helped us pack and move, and opened their home to us. I was even offered a part-time job that I could do from home to help make ends meet. In addition, I have been benefited by countless words of encouragement, hugs, and especially prayers.
Perhaps you know someone who has a special needs child, an illness or death, or has lost a job. A small gesture of help is so meaningful to someone who is hurting. It may seem insignificant, but to that person, it offers hope and assures them that they are not alone.
“Thank you” seems insufficient to express the gratitude that I feel toward everyone who has come alongside me to help shoulder this burden. You have been God’s instruments of grace and comfort. You have strengthened me to press on in this race. So today, you are my blessing.