Is a choir that sings on bended knee an a patella Choir?
(Thank you, Donnie!)
I managed to make a big splash in the grocery store when I tripped over the corner of the plum display and landed in ignominy. I finally agreed to an ambulance ride to the hospital, laughing and joking the whole way. Thirty hours in the ER got my broken wrist and kneecap patched up, enough for me to take up residence in daughter Rachel’s house in New Hampshire.
How should I look at such a thing? It’s certainly inconvenient, but I am thankful that it was my left arm and not my right. Everyone has been tut-tutting over it, and the Market Basket manager was very concerned, perhaps for legal reasons. My big concern, that day, was Jim leaving with our groceries, without paying for them! His mind was on other things.
I’m also thankful for Rachel taking on the inconvenient responsibility of tending to two elderly parents. We are well fed and cared for.
I’m choosing to look at this as a God thing. I am normally extremely careful not to fall, and who’da guessed that the corner of the plum display would bring me down? I have little pain and I’m able to be in church each week. My platform walker serves me well and gets a lot of attention.
What was God’s purpose in programming this accident? Perhaps just to give a word of encouragement to a sad-looking, under-noticed woman in the hospital. She came into my cubicle, collecting soiled linen. I said, “Oh! You’re the bag lady! That’s an important job, and you are an important person. I appreciate you!” On her next pass through, she bore a huge smile. Mission accomplished!
I guess my bottom line in this is to trust God’s purposes, to accept all things as they come, and to reflect joy as God’s provision. And I’m still laughing at the a patella choir!
What injuries have you sustained? Yours may make mine looks like a broken fingernail.
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Courage and grace and humor. You wear them well, Ellie. ♥️
Oh Ellie, once again you have handled this unfortunate situation with lightness, humor and God-honoring behaviors! Those plum displays have to go.😤…Thank you for sharing and praying that the knee heals quickly…ouch!
Dearest Ellie, intrepid and beloved role-model-o-mine!!
How is one supposed to live up to your example of faith? When I trip over the plum display, you are sure to hear me bellowing across 3 counties!
Yes, there will be much gratitude expressed to all who assist. And there will be faith that Jesus will walk every step beside me throughout the ordeal. But there will also be plenty of noise! I learned during childbirth that I am not one suffer in silence.
But now I have your fine example to live up to, so I will think of you immediately when I take my first inevitable fall. I will ask, what would Jesus do, then I will go straight to, what would Ellie do?? She would go straight to faith and see the face of Jesus in everyone who helped her get back up and running again, including the bag lady!!
Ellie would keep her irrepressible joy on full display along with her crazy sense of humor in the middle of the of crisis.
You are just such a remarkable woman in so many ways and I wish you a very speedy recovery and much gratitude to your daughter for her tender loving care. I hope you feel my prayers and virtual hugs to you and Jim as you recover.
Love you always, Sue
Hi Ellie, yes I agree, God knows what He is doing and we have to accept His love graciously. I am very happy to hear that you are in good hands with your daughter. Take Good care of yourself my friend. Praying for a full recovery. God Bless you and your family. Love you my friend.
yikes! what an adventure! Great humor, great faith – so you! We send our love.
Great lesson Ellie on the attitude I/we should have as we all deal with various ups and downs (I guess you were down on the floor briefly) of life. It’s a blessing for Rachel and Dale to have you, May your presence be like the ark that blessed the house of Obed-Edom.
I love the play on words. Priceless! I also love your positive, upbeat approach to all this. We could all use some more trust in God’s purpose for what we view as inconveniences.
Take care and heal quickly.
You are such an inspiration to me. I could not have described you better than Sue Jenkins. You are definitely a “role model”. I think I will share your story with the Sunday School class that I am teaching. I am sure it will resonate with them too. May God surround you with His Healing Presence. We never know how or why God presents us with the opportunities that He does. May we all be as observant as you when those opportunities come along! My prayers are with you! Love you! Kathy
And nice crown awaiting in Glory❤️
Good to see you up and about. You have such grace. God grant you quick healing, Ellie, and thank you to Rachel and family for their love and caring. God bless Jim and give him comfort. He must be super confused. Love,
So sorry to hear this.
In the air ambulance on the way to surgery six years ago the attendant flying with me asked, “How are you doing?” And I answered, This is the worst pain I’ve ever been in and I don’t even get a kid out of it!” I love making people laugh.
Ellie, Ellie, Ellie! You take the most unusual routes to encourage others. Next time you want to encourage a member of the hospital staff, might I suggest you walk in the main entrance? I am sure your daughter is blessed to graciously care for you and Jim. Rachel’s yours, after all. Love you.
A young man broke my heart once…does that count? Thank you for showing me how to properly approach a serious injury. You teach so well. OXOX
I recently received a nice note from you. Little did I know that it came in the middle of your “grocery store to hospital” journey. Speaks wonders about your care to keep correspondence flowing. Bob
Praying for you & Jim. Any new books in the works? My latest is: “Birth Pains: An Introduction to Bible Prophecy.” Love and blessings in Christ, Doug & Judy
Oh, dear Ellie you have endured many challenges and yet your smile, humor and love touches us all; even the stranger in the room receives a smile and taste of your joy inspite of obvious circumstances. You’re loved, and I hope I can follow your lead if I walk into something that may put a damper in my step. Much love and prayers for a strong recovery. ❤
Dear Ellie. You continue in whatever a capella choir you are singing to be such a wonderful inspiration. But I believe there are no accidents with God and He may be
using you to bring light and joy to the bag ladies of this world whom you would otherwise
never have met! Brings back memories of a time I spent in the hospital and felt so
ministered to by so many. May God bring you swift healing and joyful peace. Much love,