No matter how rarely it happens, it happens too often. It causes a dull hurt that I usually avoid to coming rushing forward into full consciousness with great pain. When I was in high school, there was a grocery store that I avoided because this seemed to happen a lot when I went there to shop. What am I talking about? Well let me tell you what happened this time and then my pain may make more sense.
Yesterday (Sunday) afternoon, Mr. Workman and I were attending a church Christmas dinner at a buffet style restaurant. The kids were excited and Vanessa used her walker from the parking lot to the back meeting room which was a LONG walk. We were all excited for her. Our whole church group clapped, whistled and cheered as she walked into the banquet room. Each of them have prayed and shared in the journey with us with all our kids so they know what a big step has occurred for Vanessa. Christmas cards and well wishes were exchanged along with enjoying a great meal with great conversation and laughter. It was a great day!
Then we gathered our crew and were making our way to the front doors. It was indeed like a parade! Daddy with Nate and his oxygen, Corrine with the twins in their stroller, David with Matt & Hannah, Grace with Jon, and finally me with Vanessa all traveling together in a line to the front door. Then an older gentleman stopped me and told me that he went to an amazing church and he offered me a business card for the church. I recognized the church. I explained to the man that I was glad he had a great church and we have a great church too, in fact we had just finished a wonderful meal with our church family. He looked disappointed, and walked away.
Then this gentleman somehow cut around the tables and stopped Mr. Workman. He began with the same introduction and Mr. Workman gave him the same response that I had. The gentleman responded shaking the business card, "Listen I had cancer, this pastor prayed and the cancer is gone...something to think about with the crew you have." Mr. Workman took the card, smiled and walked on....BUT there IT was AGAIN!