On May 1st I had major surgery on my bottom to repair a serious wound that wouldn’t heal on its own. Now, I’m confined to bed rest for eight weeks as part of the healing process.
Over two weeks have gone by since the surgery as I lay in a hospital bed by my bedroom window. There’s been lots of time to watch spring unfold, while I gaze out the window.
Surprisingly, being restricted to bed has its benefits – especially as I’ve watched the tree foliage return and the grass turns velvety green. It’s been a special sight to see squirrels and rabbits play and to hear birds sing again. Watching the seasons change before my eyes has been a rarity compared to my normal day-to-day routine as a volunteer physician.
An even greater benefit has been the amount of time I’ve had to meditate, pray and reminisce – especially now with Memorial Day upon us.
This important holiday marks the beginning of summer fun when many families and friends start gathering for cookouts and camping trips. For me, it’s always been an opportunity to enjoy the Indy 500 Mile Race with my sister. We’ve enjoyed this special tradition together for the last several years. This will be only the second time since the 4th grade that I have not gone to the race! Instead, I’ll be watching it on TV.
The real significance of Memorial Day goes much deeper than any of our typical traditions. It’s a sacred time to remember and honor the fallen U.S. military men and women who have served our country in the Armed Forces. Their memory is recognized with American flags placed by white crosses and headstones at the Arlington National Cemetery, Normandy and the other military cemeteries in America and around the world. Memorial Day is also about the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier; a monument dedicated to U.S. service members whose remains have not been identified. The tomb is guarded 24-7…including times of disaster like 911. We must always remember our deceased veterans as well, like my wife’s military parents.
Lately, with so much time on my hands, I’ve become well acquainted with YouTube. Recently, I watched a program on the development of the aircraft carrier. It’s been intriguing to me! I’ve been amazed at learning how difficult it was to perfect the landing of aircraft on these carriers. Many test pilots lost their lives trying to get it right! The military mission, however, is ALWAYS finding ways to keep America safe – even through great sacrifice!
Please remember our fallen soldiers, wounded warriors and the deceased veterans in your life. Because of them, we are free!
God Bless You!
We continue to pray for you and Anita as you travel on yet another journey with our LORD Jesus Christ.
You are both are a source of encouragement to us. Living testimonies! We strive for the same in our lives as we face challenges along the way.
Fred and Pam
Fred and Pam, Thank you for taking time to read my blog on this Memorial Day weekend. We appreciate your prayers.
David, I did not know you were a 500 mile race enthusiast. I went once during high school as a part of the band but not again since then. Thank you for the reminder of Memorial Day. I pray for continued healing and GOD’s grace for you and yours.
I’m so glad for the update. I have been praying and wondering how you were, as you didn’t say before what kind of surgery. I hope you’re on the fast-track to health. God needs you being about His business. And, thank you for remembering all those who gave their lives so that we could live in this great country. I’m working with others to make sure we stay free. God bless you, and God bless America. FYI. Franklin Graham has called for a Day of Prayer for our President, Sunday, June 2nd.
Dear Jan, I hope all is well with you. I am doing much better. Hopefully I will be back to normal by July.
Our family has lost someone close recently. A young 22 year old Marine. He was my son-n law and we loved him more than he would ever know. The terrible, painful, empty hole that was torn through my heart will take many years to heal. But in some ways I never really want that wound to heal completely, because it is a reminder of him even if it hurts. We keep the memories of our loved one both bitter and sweet. The sorrow comes from knowing we should have done more.
Thinking of you and you r family.
Dear Jeff, Thank you for reading my email. I am so sorry for your loss. We all take freedom for granted but we should never forget that many have died to make us all free! I hope all is well with you and your family.
Dave: I think about Anita and you so often. I am glad you gave us an update. I did not know the extent of your illness. You strengthen my faith, Dave. Now I know that I won’t be hearing your voice for a few weeks, praising our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Will be expecting to accompany you on the organ with a solo from you when you come back 🙂 Well, maybe Anita can do a duet with you 🙂 Love you both and praying for you often. Roger