Last night I went to church for our Lenten Supper and film series. When I got there, the woman who is in charge of getting our meals to us during my recovery was there and took my MIL aside. The next thing I knew, they asked me to come into the lounge and I was presented with a beautiful hand knitted scarf made for me. It is a prayer shawl and the 20 or so women there draped it around me and then all laid hands on me and prayed for me, the MD doing the surgery and for the surgery in general. I have never been so touched as I was last night. I plan to wear the shawl into the "holding area" where I have to wait for the surgery to start and then wrap myself in it while I am recovering. I feel so blessed.
After we had out meal, we went and watched part of the video series we have been watching called Living The Question. Last night's session was on diversity in the church and they actually had a clip of Phelp's doing his thing. We had a lot of interesting conversation come out of that session and again, I feel so lifted up by my church and their inclusiveness. I know there are some people who are not accepting of me and my family, but they are a small minority and to be honest, I don't know who they are. When I wrote my article for the paper, it was received wonderfully and they actually send it out to prospective ministers (we are in the process of looking for a new minister). It feels good knowing that they are looking for a minister who is inclusive.
When I got home last night, there was a B&N bag on the bed and in it were 2 CD's that Cheryl had picked up for me. One is a beautiful prayer CD by Windham Hill and it's just gorgeous. I haven't listened to the other one yet, but it looks promising. I am going to head back there today to look for something meditational and then I will be all set.
I am going into this surgery knowing that there will be pain, but wanting to practive prayer and meditation to get me through the roughest parts. I want off the drugs and am hopeful that it will happen sooner than later. I know that I can't just stop taking them, that I have to taper, and that is what I plan to do with the help of the pain clinic!
Again, I want to thank you all for your wonderful support. I feel so blessed to be so cared for online and off.