Week of July 1, 2018

John and Alice Brownfield wanted to let their parish know their gratitude for the support they received in their time of need.

We would like to give our personal “thank you” to each and every one of you who prayed for us and gave us your thoughts, sent cards and whatever else you could have possibly done to help us through the difficult time we have had. It has been a long 2+ years on the journey to get the lung transplant and we felt you with us there the whole time.  We are so very fortunate to know and have friends such as you.

We know that the power of prayer really and truly works. We thank you for coming into our lives, giving us hope, and keeping our spirits up. We thank the donor for the great gift he has given us.  We thank God for bringing the great doctors and hospitals into our lives. Living in a community where people are so concerned and are so willing to give you a helping hand is a great gift. So, we again give our thanks to each and everyone.

John & Alice Brownfield

John and Alice remind us how important it is when our family and our community reach out to touch others with kindness.  We see it in today’s Gospel as Jairus approaches Jesus and asks him to “lay your hands on her that she may get well and live.”  As Jesus is on his way to heal the little girl a woman who was afflicted with hemorrhages for twelve years reaches out and touches Jesus’ cloak in the hope that she would get well.  That touch healed her.

People still need the power of that kind of touch and I am moved by the different ways I have experienced the kindness of our community that provides comfort to others.

This week I experienced it, once again, as members of our parish provided a lunch for people after a funeral.  The family was so appreciative of the kindness shown them.  It meant a lot in their time of sorrow.  I hear about the gratitude of people who are homebound, in the hospital, or a nursing home and people bring communion to them.  They recognize Christ in the Eucharist and they recognize him in the people who bring them communion.

Simple things can mean a lot to someone.  I thank all of you who do those things that bring comfort to others.  You are the instrument Christ uses to bring his healing touch to others and there is no greater gift than that.

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