I pray all is going well for you. I am currently enjoying a day off from work due to inclement weather. But, I will get to that in a moment.
As part of the focus of the 2014: The Light … series, I will periodically be posting a ‘Shine Shout Out’ where I recognize an individual or group of individuals who are shining the light of God in a practical way.
The intent is to vividly portray that there are countless ways to be light of God in a needy world – to demonstrate the love of God and to be a bridge to Jesus for those who are hurting or needful.
Today I give an amazing 2014: The Light ... Shine Shout Out to my sister Toni!
Some of you, from my posts here, have come to understand that my mom is facing many limitations due to several strokes in the summer of 2013. Well, Virginia Beach is currently being hit with approximately 7 inches of snow. And, while this may not be a significant amount of precipitation for places that accustomed to major snowfalls – even a few inches, immobilizes a city like this this.
In anticipation, I decided that I would get a bag together and stay at mom’s to ensure someone was there to make sure she could have meals and her medications. I wanted to be there just in case I would not be able to get there today.
Well, by the time I got off work yesterday, intention had been overtaken by action. My oldest sister Toni had already packed a bag for mom, got her medications and everything she would need for several days and took her to her house. She sent this email to me and my siblings: Winter Storm Alert!!!! Due to impending bad weather, mom will be at my house until further notice.
Now some may say, ‘She is your mom … it is what you should do.’
Yet, there are countless things in our world that could or should be done every day ... that never get done.
Since my mom’s physical and medical needs changed last year, my siblings and I have shared the responsibility of taking care of her – administering medications, monitoring vital statistics, buying groceries, cooking meals, doing chores, paying bills and taking her to a mountain of doctor appointments. There is a schedule in place where two of us are at her house every day. In an instant, we transitioned from daughters and son to nurse, caregiver, accountant, hairdresser, physical therapist, driver and nutritionist (just to name a few). We figure if one could take care of four by herself [which my mom did], surely four can take care of one. Even so, it has been a huge adjustment for all four of us.
Yesterday – in a selfless move, Toni proactively anticipated a need and did something purposeful to remedy the situation. Recognizing that we might not all be able to travel the roads to get to mom’s house, she decided to take on the total responsibility for mom’s care for the next few days. Again, it may not seem extraordinary to some.
However, the entire point of the Shine Shout Out is to recognize and bring attention to the fact that it is not difficult to shine the light of Christ. Yet, at times, it must be intentional. It can be simple and quick, subtle yet meaningful.
My sister shining her light of love, commitment and selflessness warmed the heart of my mom. For this I thank her and commend her for a job well done. Indeed, I extend my recognition to all of my siblings for their continued selfless care of mom and dedication to teamwork. As noted in last week’s post, the shining of God’s light should begin at home, blessing those who are part of your immediate and extended family.
Great Job Toni … keep on shining that light!