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Open Features: Thank You Lord That I Am Not Sick

"The main thing I've learned about life is that I still have a lot to learn about life,'' writes Pamy Blaine.

It was one cold winter's night and my Mother had donned her flannel nightgown and adjusted her night cap. She reminded me of a picture of the Mama in the poem, “Twas the Night before Christmas.” .

Mama was in her 80s back then and for the first time I began to notice that she was not hearing as well and she would often say things out loud when she thought she was whispering. That night as she got into bed she pulled the covers up and I heard her say, “Thank you, Lord, that I'm not sick.”

Now, since I was at the ripe old age of 40 something at that time I was puzzled and I didn't quite understand why she was worried about being sick. Mama had no significant health problems other than a few aches and pains and she still did almost everything that she wanted to do. She had a strong work ethic and she continued to do all of her own work. She mowed her yard and that was no small task since she mowed around three acres. She also cleaned and took care of her house and drove where she needed to go. She liked to travel and see new places and learn new things.

Since Mama had been a school teacher for many years and had taught a lot of history, she enjoyed going to historical sites such as battlefields, cemeteries, museums, and antebellum homes. Sometimes these places took her to areas that were off the beaten path and entailed a lot of walking but she would still go. She often said that she could walk anywhere as long as she could take her time doing it.

Although, I am not yet near the age that my Mother was at that time, I think maybe I am beginning to understand her prayer a little better. As a younger person I had not considered the cost that illness can bring and it isn't just the financial part of being sick but there is the possibility of so much more. Sickness can mean pain, the possibility of having to move, losing your home, losing your independence, and having to depend on others to do everything for you and sometimes sickness can even mean the shock of knowing that this time you're not going to get well.

None of us are exempt from health concerns and even though we might have concerns, we don't have to look very far to see others who are dealing with worse problems than ours, so no matter what our age it is important to be thankful for God's blessings.

The main thing I've learned about life is that I still have a lot to learn about life. There is always something new to learn and one of them is to say, “Thank you, Lord, that I'm not sick.”

Pamela Perry Blaine
May 10, 2013
Email: pamyblaine@blaines.us


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