I’ve decided, in some way or another, this blog is a little bit like a “duck.” It’s visible and gliding forward, ever so slightly, along the watery crust. Meanwhile, below the surface, there is a tremendous amount of work taking place, which few see. In Gates' case, these selfless labors are from everyone surrounding him and the Hunsaker Family.
This morning, I sat in a meeting discussing the needs of the Hunsakers; more than 17 auxiliary leaders and personally invited guests were in attendance. This was actually our second reunion conversing over what burdens we, as a Ward Family, could lift from the Hunsakers.
I literally shook my head in astonishment listening to what is taking place in our little neighborhood, within the community and amongst Gates’ friends. I began accounting for what I heard but decided to not publish a list; I know, for every act of service I hear about, there are another 10 of which I have no knowledge.
Not one time, I repeat, NOT ONE TIME have I talked to Brian or Cherie where they don’t express how much they appreciate and recognize what is being done. In fact, when their Home Teacher asked what he could do, Brian said, “All I could ask you to do, is to tell everyone of our appreciation and love for the outpouring of support and service we’ve received.”
I reiterate what Brian said again to me tonight, “We are so grateful for everything, everyone is doing.”
|Reese and Gates|
A few hours ago, Brian and I laughed as he shared with me what Gates wanted “announced to the world.”
Brian: “Gates, I’m calling to give an update for the blog, is there anything you want me to share?”
Gates: “Yea… Tell ‘em I got my Sprite! Oh, and it was epic!”
As you might gather, Gates continues with bright spirit. He had a treatment today to loosen some of the congestion in his lungs with what is known as an RT Jacket. It’s a combination of compressed air hoses, which reverberate to free the mucus that's making it difficult for him to breathe. Doctors are not rushing to place him in rehabilitation, so estimates are he will be out of the ICU mid-week.
My last comment regarding service: What is written on each post is manifest online, but there are countless acts of service being performed where only those who truly matter see: Gates, the Hunsakers and our Father in Heaven. Some times, a lot of times, it’s just our Father in Heaven.
“That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.” - St. Mathew 6:4
A final thought: Gates was called to serve in the Baton Rouge, Louisiana mission (Spanish speaking). Just 90 minutes before he was to be set-apart as a missionary and approximately 18 hours before he was to report to the Missionary Training Center, he sustained his injury.
Gates, realizing his current situation, conversing with his Bishop and family, shared with them one of the most clear, mature and meaningful thoughts he could have when he said, regarding this blog and his ability to touch and bless the lives of others:
“So my mission has begun.”
Those reading, not of the LDS Faith:
A “Ward” is a local congregation based on regional boundaries.
A “Home Teacher” is a companionship of at least one Melchizedek Priesthood holder. As part of their responsibility to watch over the members of the Church, home teachers visit their assigned families at least once each month to teach and strengthen them. Home teachers establish a relationship of trust with these families so that the families can call upon them in times of need.
A “Bishop” is a man who has been ordained and set apart as the presiding high priest for a ward, or congregation. He has overall responsibility for ministering the temporal and spiritual affairs of the congregation (equivalent to a pastor in other religions); an unpaid clergy member.
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