Giving thanks for good friends


When my late wife, Myrna, became very ill, she spent several days in the Akron City Hospital. During the time she was there, our family stayed with her around the clock, so that we could assist her in all her many needs.

Her doctors and nurses were all very helpful and caring people. We, as a family, did our best to follow their directions in behalf of my wife’s best interest, care, and comfort.

It seems that every setback in our lives teaches us something new. When we are healthy and everything seems to be going well, it’s easy to forget just how blessed we are. I had forgotten just how many good friends we have.

In all the hustle and bustle of our lives, sometimes we forget how blessed we are to have good friends, and people who are there for us when the shoe is on our foot.

I told one of our nurses that for the past 50 years, I have ministered to people that have gone through what my family and I are dealing with now. I pointed to my foot and said, “The shoe is on my foot today.” I realized that what I shared with other people was now needed in our lives.

I found out that God’s grace was just as good for me and my family as it is for everyone. I will never forget the many friends around the country who called me by phone to express their love and concern for my wife and our family. I had not heard from some of them for a very long time; however, they were there for us.

I shall never be able to say enough “thank-yous” to all those who have prayed for us and sent cards of encouragement. I had forgotten just how many good friends we have.

I have learned a valuable lesson in all of this: When you hear of a good friend who is going through a hard place in life, take time — no matter how busy you think you are — and let that good friend know you care.

Don’t forget, some day the shoe will be on your foot.


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