looked out the window to the Nashville high rise of businesses, I’ve been thinking about how
many of us will be partaking of the sacrament today and the wonderful blessings of the
atonement. As Sister McKee comes out of the coma a
nd becomes more aware of her
surroundings and her body, she is also more aware of her pain. The pain of the trach, the pain
of a tube into the stomach, the pain of a previous tube in her head and the back of her head
being sutured as well, the realization that arms and feet do not want to move when commanded
by the brain, the shear fatigue of being in bed for three weeks produces so much weakness
which is difficult to tell what is stroke or what is atrophy of the muscles. All of these painful
feelings and frustrating thoughts take me back to so many things that the Savior has taught us.
The atonement is the ultimate gift for each of us. It takes away our sorrows, sadness,
frustration, suffering and pain and, oh by the way, it heals our sins as well.
As many of us will be partaking of the sacrament today may we hand over to the Savior through the atonement , suffering , sorrow, sadness, frustration and pain. We are so dependent upon Him in all aspects of our lives. He has given us so much and we owe all to Him. Those things that are out of our control , we must hand over to Him. This is a huge act of faith and also requires us to do all that we can do first. Every day I decide (ALL) that I can do with my family, with Sister McKee, with 170 missionaries , and then clearly know that I must hand the rest over to the Savior, to the atonement , that heals ALL things.
Sister McKee is breathing through the trach still and is on the respirator 18 of the 24 hours each day. Today they will try her off the respirator and breathing on her own through the trach for 8 hours. She is still moving feet, hands , eyebrows , trying to mouth some words (as she cannot speak) and can also move her tongue. Again we rejoice in “small things” . We love you. Thank you for your cards, your kind gifts, your humble prayers and your incredible faith. Today one of the nurses over her oxygen came in and sat by me and said, “ Ya’lls faith is pretty impressive. I’ve never really been around Mormons but I have to tell you that I can see that the Lord is performing a miracle on this woman. Even those in my department that are not God fearing are beginning to believe that there is a God and He answered ya’lls prayers. There is no way that any of us expected to see her come through this and start responding. Praise be to God.” The sincerity and faith of some of our caretakers is very supportive. Our nurse from yesterday only works here once a month. He loved the message we shared and took a “Finding faith in Christ” video home with him. The Lord continues to give us many missionary opportunities.
As we hand “ALL” over to the Savior today while partaking of the sacrament we will also be filled with gratitude for such great friends and family. May the Lord bless you on this beautiful Sabbath day.
William McKee family