Listening to my teammates say thank-you to this family that has given so much during their time in Galmi, I began to think 'Why don't we do this more often?'
The community of Believers are urged in the New Testament to encourage one another. We are to build each other up and help each other keep going.
I found myself thinking 'Why are we saying these things only as they are leaving? Surely they would have benefited from hearing this sooner!' Why is it that, so often, I find myself to be appreciative of the people in my life, but I don't say it out loud??
So I've decided I need to be more expressive of my appreciation for others in the hope of encouraging. (I'm going to restrict this post to the first 15 that come to mind . . . because I assure you, there are far more and we could be here all night):
- Momma: Thank you for taking care of all my little details on your side of the Atlantic. Your sacrifice of 'letting me go' does not go unnoticed.
- §: I'm so glad we can talk about everything or nothing . . . even from far away. You've been a true sister!
- The Inner Circle: Your faithful prayers are heard, and your timely emails are full of blessings.
- AuntieBarb: I appreciate the way you support my work in the hospital through your work on 'this side' of the compound fence. Your words and gifts speak very loudly!
- BlackMarketM: It is such a blessing when you stop by just to say hello.
- Alheri: I love our extra-warm-up-time-before-water-aerobics chats. They are like a breath of fresh air.
- The Sorority Sisters: Having you here lightens our load and brightens our days.
- The Coffee Klatch-ers: Finding one of your cards in my mailbox makes 'home' feel a little less far away.
- OTShal: I enjoy your comments and thank God for you every time I use some velcro.
- Franny: I appreciate every time you write, even if I don't write back.
- SMF & HS: I enjoy re-connecting with you after all these years . . . even if it's digital-long-distance.
- BJoy: Our Sunday afternoon coffees are not nearly as missed as our Sunday afternoon conversations.
- Our Galmi Surgeons: Your support makes my job easier. Thank you. (You do GREAT work!)
- Soho & M: I don't think I could handle the gore if I had to do it alone. (And I'm so thankful that your eyes smile from behind the masks . . . they say a lot that doesn't get lost in translation!)
- JJ & EP: It's nice to have a little more estrogen in the Bloc these days!