By the time I post this update, it will be 14 days – to the day – since Gates’ life changed. We’ve observed miracles, marveled at his progress and we’ve been touched by your words (in fact, I was told of one family who sat to read your comments, requiring a relay of readers, as a consequence of tear flooded eyes).
Currently, this blog has been viewed 24,557; by the time I post, I suspect another 100. Gates’ Bishop, when talking to me about the sheer numbers this page has been loaded brought to light another impressive thought when he said, “[My youngest children] don’t read this blog, yet they pray for Gates multiple times daily. I knelt by the side of [my three-year-old daughter] and listened to her as she plead with our Father in Heaven for Gates’ health and comfort. Think of the thousands and thousands of prayers offered up, every day, for Gates and his Family.”
Dovetailing from the concept of a previous post; “Sometimes that which we are doing is correct enough but simply needs to be persisted in—patiently—not for a minute or a moment but sometimes for years. Paul speaks of the marathon of life and how we must “run with patience the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1). Paul did not select the hundred-yard dash for his analogy!” – Elder Neal A. Maxwell
|Gates and Bishop Nelson|
Gates was given the “green light” to move from the ICU to rehabilitation. Monday morning he woke to clear lungs and strength enough to take the next steps in his recovery. Gates’ schedule will change drastically in rehab. It was explained to me it would be as if he were in school; he’ll wake early, learn of which muscles he has use and then repeatedly labor to build those muscles.
Rehabilitation is no easy task. However we know, “Patience permits us to cling to our faith in the Lord when we are tossed about by suffering as if by surf. When the undertow grasps us, we will realize that even as we tumble we are somehow being carried forward; we are actually being helped even as we cry for help!” – Elder Neal A. Maxwell
Though its application appertains to Gates, the relevance of the concept, understanding how our own trials will bless the lives of others, is worth sharing.
“In the process of life, we are not always the already-tempered and helpful hammer; shaping and pounding another. Sometimes we are merely the anvil.” – George MacDonald