I attended a memorial service recently at my church. It was the first time I had attended a church “service” there in three years. The last time I was there, I was rehearsing for our Christmas drama and had one of the lead roles. We were in the final weeks before the production and I had to drop out because Lynn was admitted to the hospital. He was in ICU for a month and then readmitted two more times during the next six months. Once he entered the hospital, his strength and functionality were significantly compromised due to inactivity and the complications of his condition so initially we could not return to church due to his health. About a year later, he was strong enough to return but we discovered his power chair was too big to fit the elevator so he couldn’t go unless he used a manual wheelchair. He isn’t strong enough to sit upright that long without the support of his power chair so we are currently waiting for renovations underway at church that will include a new elevator and handicap bathroom so we can come back. Church members even lovingly call it “Lynn’s elevator.”
Prior to his, MS progressing to this stage, Lynn sang in the choir, played handbells, played drums for the praise band, and provided some carpenter assistance in addition to attending services and Sunday school every week. I sang in the choir, played handbells, lead a drama team, worked with a support group, and helped in the nursery while also attending services and Sunday school every week. We were both very involved and much of our social interaction and support came from people at church. Not being able to attend church left a big hole in our lives. Many still send cards and they have supported us in so many ways, both financially and in service; that our lives continue to be touched and blessed by their generosity and compassion. However, the type of fellowship we used to have is missing in our lives.
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