Sunset at Prien Lake Park

Sunset at Prien Lake Park

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Generosity

To say my family and I have learned a lot through Eric's ordeal would be an understatement. And so much of what we've learned has come from you all, our family and friends, our community, our church, teachers and students at the boys' school, indeed everyone who has taken an interest in Eric and our family. One of the biggest revelations has been the realization of the amazing generosity of people in general. My family and I have been overwhelmed with the generosity and outpouring of support for us through this difficult time. Prayers, visits, help with caring for Andrew, meals, cards, gifts, blog comments, phone calls, listening ears, lodging, financial assistance . . . the list goes on and on. People just want to help. At times, it's all seemed too much. It's truly humbling, to be on the receiving end of such generosity. And the thought crosses my mind, how will we ever repay? Then we realize, that is not what's expected. A giver expects only genuine gratitude in return. Truly, we do thank you all from the bottom of our hearts. And it's not only humility and gratitude that we've garnered, but you all have set the bar high for us. You've shown us a level of generosity that we hope to emulate, to pass on as we encounter others in need. If my family and I can copy the compassion you all have shown to us, that would be the ultimate blessing.

Eric still has the sneezes and sniffles today, but generally seems to be okay.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm listening to Joel Osteen and he is talking about God coming into our situation with a flood of His favor and grace, with whatever we need at the time. Looks like that's what is happening in your lives. God is so good and faithful. We belong to a Mighty God!

Anonymous said...

"The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest." (quote by William Blake)

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear the sniffles are not getting Eric down. I hope this passes quickly. I am certain that any of us who have been able to help in some small way, are only glad we could. I think one of the best movies I have seen, is PAY IT FORWARD. That is all any of us are asked to do. Our prayers and love are with you. God bless your family.

bev

Lisa said...

I was thinking of Pay It Forward when I read the blog as well...

Anonymous said...

PRAISE GOD FOR FAMILY,FRIENDS,COMMUNITY AND COMPLETE STRANGERS THAT WHEN WE GO THROUGH TOUGH TIMES THEY ARE THERE TO SUPPORT US IN SO MANY DIFFERENT WAYS. WE EXPERIENCED IT 5 YEARS AGO WHEN AN ACCIDENT TOOK OUR PRECIOUS WARREN AND INJURED GARY. AS I STAYED WITH THE CHILDREN STRANGERS WOULD SHOW UP AT THE DOOR TO ENCOURAGE,BRING FOOD AND JUST VISIT.THOES THINGS ARE NOT FORGOTTEN AND FOREVER REMEMBERED.AFTER ALL THAT IS WHAT WE ARE SUPPOSE TO DO. WILL BE PRAYING FOR THE COLD TO GO AWAY QUICKLY FOR ERIC.
JOAN