Yesterday my mom had knee replacement surgery and is doing very well.
I had the privilege to spend the day at the hospital with her and my dad and as I sat there in the quiet of her room as she was recovering I realized more than ever that I was in the presence of greatness. Ordinary, extra-ordinary greatness. The kind of greatness that lifts Jesus up and that makes the world a better place -- the kind of grace-filled greatness that gave me the courage to live into the future God designed me for. The kind of hard-working, courageous greatness that worked hard and figured out how to move forward in life despite obstacles and hard times -- the kind of greatness that made America great.
If you met em, you wouldn't see the greatness on the outside -- although they are beautiful people. If you spent a little time with them and heard their story and learned about all that they have overcome to be where they are and about how much they love me, my sister and their grandchildren, then you'd begin to sense greatness.
But, stick around a little longer for their stories to turn to how they are loving their neighbors with meals, taxi service to the Doctor, painting their church interior, taking meals to people who were flooded out of their homes at the other end of Knox County last year and more. You'd be exhausted from all the ways that they live love in a quiet way and you'd sense the simplicity and power of their greatness. And, you'd give thanks to God for working in their lives to love others so well.
Yes, I'm proud of my parents and so grateful to God for them each and every moment of every day. I've been wildly blessed by God through them as have many others.
Just had to give a shout out about the best parents in the world! [ Mom and Dad, if you happen to see this, you'll only be able to sense the tip of
Mom, Dad, I love you.