Friday, October 27, 2006

Calling Pastor Jerry

Yesterday was Pastor Jerry's birthday. I called him after work to wish him a Happy Birthday for the first time. I had a feeling that would be a good present for him. *smile* I've been trying to call special people on their birthdays this year instead of sending them a card. (Sometimes I send a card anyway!) Pastor Jerry has always been difficult for me to understand. He has a pretty good Tennessee accent and his lips don't move very much. It hasn't been easy for me to understand him, especially when he is preaching in the pulpit. But, now my CI allows me to pick up what he is saying when I cannot read his lips. We had a terrible connection and I had to call him back twice. There was so much static on the line and his voice kept cutting out on me but we were able to talk a little bit. I could just picture him smiling on the other end! This is the same man who wept at his computer a year ago when I sent him an email telling him how I could hear soda fizzing over ice for the first time. He was thrilled when I shared the news about the approval for my second implant. He wanted to know the details of when I was going to have surgery and said he was so happy to hear the news. I also shared with him that I was unworthy of God's grace and didn't deserve it. I told him that I knew that God has a reason why He answering my prayers to hear better. If I had been able to hear earlier, I probably would not have appreciated His goodness. I would have just taken my hearing for granted. I just hope people don't get tired of hearing my "story" but I love being able to hear after not being able to all these years! It is my prayer that my story will encourage someone else who is struggling for whatever reason. Pastor Jerry told me to remember the verse from Romans 8 where Paul says "we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him who have been called according to his purpose." Yes, God has a purpose and a plan for everything!

8 comments:

susan baumgardner said...

Your story has been a blessing to me, and I will never take my hearing for granted! I am so glad I found your knitting blog by accident.! Very inspirational
and uplifting blog!
Susan B. in Knoxville

Laurie said...

Susan B,

I'm glad you found my blog, too! Maybe we can meet sometime. I go to Knoxville about once a week. I love the Turkey Creek area!

Laurie in Maryville
ldpullins@aol.com

susan baumgardner said...

It is a small world! My parents (78) live in Maryville near
Maryville Middle School. Dad was in banking for 40 years before he retired. They have some health
problems, and I check on them frequently. Knitting is my therapy!
Susan

Laurie said...

Susan B,

I live about three miles from MMS in the Westwood subdivision! Who are your parents? What bank did your dad work for? I'm an accountant for Alcoa Tenn Federal Credit Union. Small world, huh?

Laurie

susan baumgardenr said...

My dad Jim Norton worked for Blount National Bank. They were bought out by AmSouth several years ago. I plan to visit the Knitting nest on Broadway
next time I come to Maryville.
I should have started my Christmas knitting months ago! I have started
a suede shawl. I only knit simple things!

Laurie said...

Susan, have you been to the Knitting Nest before? I love Antje! I stop in her shop regularly but haven't had time to sit and knit with her for awhile. *sigh* Maybe we've already met???

Laurie in TN

susan baumgardner said...

I have not been in the Knitting
Nest in several months.Antje has a wonderful personality! My dad
had a triple bypass this year, and
my mother's health failed also. so my life has changed too! I have
become more involved in their medical problems. I make no plans
because every day is a surprise!
My motto is knit and pray!

Laurie said...

Susan,

I don't know know your parents but the name sounds so familiar. I do know a David and Nancy Norton from church. I'm sorry to hear your parents are ill. Knitting and praying is good!

Laurie