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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Poor guy...

he has pink eye....again!! He looks just awful, as you can see,
but he is in good spirits and seems to be himself except for his terrible looking eye.
His two best friends, James and Thomas.
They basically don't leave his side all day long!
As I was looking at him I was thinking about my inner life and the inner life of those around us. So often we look "perfect" on the outside, but inside we feel like Tyler looks. Of course, when someone is obviously hurting it's easy to offer compassion, kindness, understanding and grace, but most often it's needed when everything seems to be going "fine."
"He heals the brokenhearted
and binds up their wounds."
Psalm 147:3
It takes time and energy to truly care, but that's what relationship is all about. Asking, "how are you?" and taking the time to listen to the answer. Last evening one of my friends was telling how she received a phone call from someone just wanting to know how she was. She didn't send an email or leave a comment, but took the time to just call and chat. What a kind gesture. I'm sure you, like her, could agree that it doesn't happen very often in these technological days. It's just easier to send a quick email on our own terms, (which I am most guilty of). To actually have a conversation with someone with no agenda or intention....how refreshing. Take the time to call someone today even if it's just to say, "I've been thinking about you."
"Everybody's got a hungry heart." ~Bruce Springsteen

5 comments:

Kara Stoltzfus said...

poor guy. of all things, it reminds me of your lip, when you got stung by a bee, but not as bad. you should put that picture on your blog. ha ha ha.

looks like i may not be seeing you on friday morning. we'll be in touch.

The lady of the house... said...

HA HA HA!!! you're so right, it looks swollen just the same! maybe someday i'll post it! that's hilarious!!

Jena said...

I love how you always have the best quotes- Bruce Springsteen-who knew?
My dh that's who- LOVES the boss.

Mary said...

Poor guy. But what a neat analogy. It's so true!
Hope your day is going well - Mj

Dana said...

Oh my word Janelle! That eye looks horrendous but you get a little confused because it doesn't seem to phase him one bit. It's like he doesn't even know it's big and red and poofy and stuff. What a trooper. Bless him!