(Post from Paul) THAT’S MY GIRL!

To all the wonderful people who are showering my wife with love:

Don’t you hate it when Christians hurl Bible verses at you?  I know I sure do!  It seems to me that it would only be fair if they gave folks a little warning before sneaking scripture into the conversation.  That way,  you’d have a chance to get out of the way, or duck, or hide behind a hockey glove.  Something!

So, since I’m as eager to follow the Golden Rule as any of you, I’m going to give you fair warning.  My gospel gun is cocked and loaded and you’re all going to have to be on your toes.

Well then, let me talk to you about my daughter.  She’s proof of the adage that there really are angels among us.  I’m recalling, now, that black moment in the Brigham and Women’s ER when the resident on duty lowered the boom and let Pam and I know that she had a mass on her brain.  As I recall, it was about three or four in the morning and Pam was too doped up to respond to anything.  I was devestated, but Pam wasn’t giving any kind of emotional response.  I wanted to shake her, “Pam, didn’t you hear?  He said BRAIN TUMOR.  You ought to be freaking out!”

Pam wasn’t freaking out.  She wasn’t doing anything — and I was feeling lonely with my feelings.  I did the only thing I could have, at that point.  I called Angelique and told her to get up and to drive to the hospital right away to be with us.  (Keep sharp, now, that scripture passage is coming up!)  Did Angelique ask me a bunch of questions?  Did she remind me that it was the middle of the night? Did she complain about how expensive it is to park at B&W?  No.  She simply came right away, just as I asked her to.

My daughter wasn’t thinking about what she wanted to do, or what she’d choose to do, or what was going to do her the most good.  She simply did the right thing.  To repeat, my daughter didn’t weigh her options and make her choice, she did what she was supposed to do.  She did what love compelled her to do — not for praise, or the promise of reward; not to avoid criticism or the threat of punishment.  She came to us because that’s what we needed her to do.  Man, do I love that girl!

Last chance to escape the reading…..

Who among you would say to your servant who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field, ‘Come here immediately and take your place at table’  Would he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare something for me to eat. Put on your apron and wait on me while I eat and drink. You may eat and drink when I am finished’?  Is he grateful to that servant because he did what was commanded?  So should it be with you. When you have done all you have been commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do.’”

Luke 17, 7-10

My daughter knows what some other people might find difficult to believe: Slavery to the Gospel, or to Christ, or to duty, or to love or to however it is that you want to say it is the essence of true freedom.  My daughter knows what the angels know.

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About pamvbradford

I am a fifty seven year old banker specializing in government banking. I have a beautiful twenty-one year old daughter and a wonderful husband. My husband and I recently downsized, and purchased a beautiful condo in Watertown MA. We love our new home. I know I am a very fortunate person. I am surrounded by supportive family members, by supportive coworkers and by the marvelous support of our faith community at Sacred Heart Parish in Lexington MA. As the Psalm says, "There is nothing that I lack." My whole life changed on July 18, 2012 when I was diagnosed with a brain tumor. The news came from out of the blue. My tumor was removed by the marvelous Dr. Mark Johnson and his wonderful team of surgeons at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. The surgery truly was a miracle. I couldn't possibly have gotten better care. Now the 'easy' part is over. The tough part is to learn to walk with God in the midst of danger and surprise. My mood shifts from gratitude to fear and back again but I know God has a purpose for me. There's a reason I didn't die on the operating table. There's something that God wants me to do. This blog is my effort to share with others, with all of you, what it is that I am learning as I put one foot ahead of the other, live each day as it comes, and discover what it is that God has to teach me. Your prayers keep me going. Your love comforts me. Your knowledge and faith guide and teach me. God bless you all!
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One Response to (Post from Paul) THAT’S MY GIRL!

  1. Julie Lancaster says:

    Paul,
    i blieve that there were a multiude o f angels present with you all that night, Liqa being the sweetest. If you ever wondered how you and Pam have done as parents, you have your answer in Liqa!!! Know that you both have been prayed for as hard as for Pam. You are an exemplary family!

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