We are thankful for the complete resection of the tumor, for her clean lumbar puncture, for her smiles and occasional laughter, for lack of blood clots, infection, fever... Certainly, there are a great many things we grieve, but to dwell there is of no service to Meaghan.
Many people have been touched by Meaghan's situation. Our church family is uniting in a powerful way. We have received correspondence and prayers from many people we have never met. Distant family members are reaching out and reconnecting. The outreach is powerful, amazing and humbling.
Tragedies and crises are great mobilizers. They force us to look at our mortality, force us to reassess priorities and, hopefully, they force us to heal. The unfortunate byproduct of these crises is the cooperative, loving spirit is transitory. As a society we have short attention spans, other newer tragedies will come to the foreground and people will move on. And that's okay.
But Meaghan's journey of healing is a shared one. Her journey is of medical and physical healing. Your journey may lead you to a spiritual healing. Others may need emotional healing. Regardless, we are all on this journey of healing with Meaghan.
No matter the outcome, we pray that you share this journey of healing with Meaghan in your own personal way long after you stop reading our blog. Please help us ensure the focus of healing continues; shapes our interactions with one another; gives us pause before we speak.
On this Thanksgiving, November 26, 2009, we will be saddened that we aren't all together for a beautiful meal. However, if just for today, there is no room in our hearts for anger, hurt, or regret.
May the God of grace bless you and your loved ones abundantly. May your hearts be full of thanksgiving and the joy of loving fellowship.