God works in mysterious ways; far be it from me to question His wisdom at any time. So, when I went to Ohio this week to visit my brother in the hospital, I was focused on silver linings. An opportunity to be helpful. A chance to invest some time with his wife and son. An opening to build on all three relationships. (And aside from that, precious evening hours with my sister, a nephew visiting from Chicago, #1 Daughter and the Fiancé. A completely serendipitous occasion to visit my parents' gravesites, a mere mile from the hospital.)
Sitting here now, in Denver, more than mid-way through my return journey, my heart is heavy. My brother has been moved from the hospital to a rehabilitation facility, and the road ahead will be arduous.
Life is not simple, or predictable. At any moment, life can turn upside down. I can't take any pleasure in the fact that it's someone else who is in the hospital, but I can count my blessings every day. I can go out of my way to be kind to people, to look them in the eye and consider what they might be going through right then. Look after my own health, and do what I can to make sure those around me do the same. Show the people I love how much they mean to me. Be thankful for where I was born, and pray for healing in our country and around the world. Notice the trees and the sunrise, and work to preserve the planet for future generations. Be a good neighbor, in the physical and the metaphorical sense. What are the blessings you are overlooking?