There were several things I learned while spending the better part of four days on crutches. The first thing I learned was all the things you take for granted, like how many stairs it is up to the bedroom. The answer is a lot, and for two days I had to scoot up and down them on my posterior. Secondly, I’ve come to a brand new appreciation for all the different ways we have made things more accessible. I had no idea that I’d ever be so very glad to see an automatic door opener as the other day when I went looking for a bathroom after spending a half an hour trying to remain as still as I could for an MRI.
One of the other things I learned is how we depend upon others. I can’t say “thank you,” enough to my wife for both watching out for me and getting me from one place to another. I also want to thank all those who let me cut in front of them when the guys at the Chiropractor’s office had to carry me in and took me right back. People also seem to watch out for you a little bit when you are on crutches. Maybe I just looked like a rookie on them, but I sure had a lot of doors opened for me.
This extra kindness from others reminds me of one reason I value being a part of a faith community like EPUMC. Listen to this from William Sloan Coffin who once said, “It is often said that the Church is a crutch. Of course it's a crutch. What makes you think you don't limp?” What would it be like to treat others as if we could see why they limped?
Every once in a while life sends us experiences in which, for a brief time, we have to put up with what is a more permanent limp for someone else. We often fear and want to be rid of these times, I guess so we can get back to normal. But if these last days have taught me one more thing, it is that normal is different for everyone. And if some of us have as much to deal with on the inside as I had to deal with on the outside last week, well… I’m glad we have each other.
Keep the Faith,