Twilight Twitches

fetscherFourth Sunday of Easter

Dear Family,
With the Lord’s help this is the last Twitch I will have to write from “seclusion.” Next Monday I hope to return the toil and sweat of the factory. Ok, Ok… I know that one won’t sell since Annie does most of the toiling.

As I said last week, the problem with recovery is that your world shrinks and you become very self-preoccupied. It also makes me think far more empathetically about people who are shut in and the importance of bringing some kind of different light into their worlds.

Judging from my own experience bringing that light isn’t an easy job because to be honest, there were many days when I just didn’t want to see anyone or talk to anyone. In no small part it was because I had a hard time just being able to get enough breath to complete a sentence.

Fortunately, I’m surrounded by friends and people who got that. I’m sending a contribution to Caring Bridge for making it possible to get some news out in a painless way. There is also the friend who sent me a “dammit” doll that you can whack against something when you’re frustrated. Thankfully, I haven’t had to use it, but we have occasional chats.

A couple of Twitches ago, I wrote about the inability to pray when you’re in the postoperative mode. That’s when someone who says “I’m praying for you” can not only mean praying for your welfare, but also getting down on their knees in your place and doing a little of your praying for you.

It’s one thing to be in a post-operative period. It’s another to be in a chronic condition that limits you and your activities. Do the chronically “indisposed” have a ministry, a place in the pantheon of praying people? I’m thinking so. The question I had to ask myself was, “If I were in that position, would I be able to adapt myself to that role of being an intercessor on behalf of others?”

My only answer at this point is, “I hope so.” It certainly is a ministry and it certainly is needed. Perhaps we don’t let people who are chronically ill know that their prayer is important.

In the past I can remember telling folk who I was visiting that I was really concerned about someone. I would ask them to pray for them. The next time I came back they would ask about the person for whom they had been praying. When the person in need was a child, it just upped the interest and concern.

One suggestion I can make is that when you ask someone to pray for another, get as specific as you can. When I ask people in Reconciliation to pray for me as a penance - I milk it as much as I can - I ask the penitent, “Pray that I can be a good pastor.”

I know Annie is waiting to send this masterpiece off to the printers so I’ll close and leave room for a little clip art. As this chapter of my life moves on, once again I simply say thanks for all that the endless numbers of you have said and done to make this whole experience very unique.
With gratitude,
In Jesus,
sign frjim

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