Wednesday, August 5, 2015
“There is nothing more beautiful than someone who goes out of their way to make life beautiful for others.” ― Mandy Hale
We had a little scare here, but only a little one and only because of my history with cancer. Because of my history, all three of my sons have to be very diligent about looking for signs of cancer. John found a lump in the lymph nodes under his arm, and frankly, he, Karen, and I were a bit frightened. Our friend, Dr. Chris, came by last night and put all our fears to rest. It is only a boil or carbuncle which made the two of us relax, but John is now worried because as the doctor said it is not yet “ripe.” John didn’t like the use of the word “ripe” nor did he like my remembering having boils as a child and what my mother did in response. Needless to say, he is not looking forward to having it lanced later, but is relieved that it is nothing worse. He looked it up on Google and wished there had not been pictures, but if you Google something you must be prepared to not like what you see. Dr. Chris has been such a good friend and has taken care of Karen, John, and myself having done surgery to remove skin cancer from my jaw. He or his wife have been here many times and helped us through malaria and hypertension. I was very pleased to be able to give him a very nice watch (a chronograph) that he can use as part of his medical practice. He was so very grateful, he was speechless. I also gave him a woman’s chronograph for his wife and that really moved him. It felt so very good to be able to give back a little something to people who give so much of themselves to serve others here. As a man and wife team of doctors, they could be making a lot of money in any large city, but they choose to remain in Bunda helping many who cannot pay for their services. There are people like this in almost every community in every country, but we seldom hear of them or are able to repay them in any way for their unselfish service to the poor and sick. Here’s something you might want to do. Find some similar folks in your area and find a way to show them how much you appreciate their service to others. It will make them feel better, and it will make you feel really, really good. It’s a God thing, you see. Try it—you will like it, and God will be pleased.