Monday, December 21, 2009

Thank you, God....

On Friday of last week, our new associate rector at Christ Episcopal Church, Catherine Collier, walked into room 231.

I had only seen her once, across the room on November 19, the day of our first church bazaar in 27 years. She had on this black skirt with a wide white stripe along the bottom and I noticed it right off. It was a bold skirt. I didn't know who she was but I liked that skirt. Bold.

I can't remember if it was Amy Grimes or Gail Windham, supremely excellent coordinators of said bazaar who said, "Oh, that is Catherine Collier, our new associate rector, and she is FABULOUS!" (And, I've just outed myself as not being a good church going member since I did not know this information.)

She came in on Friday to tell me she had been praying for me since July, after my name had gotten placed in the church bulletin (without my knowing it) and wanted to meet this person she had been praying for for so long.

We hit it off right away. We are about the same age, her youngest child the same age as my oldest. She is easy to talk to. Very easy to talk to. She told me she would come back to see me.

This morning I woke up, with lots on my mind, and realized I was wanting to talk to her some more.

A knock on the door. A red sleeve peeks in before the rest of her. Catherine Collier has come into my room. She is wearing red. MY color. Hers, too. POWER. LIFE. RED.

We talk. She knows I am a bit afraid of the chemo that is planned for today.

She holds my hands. She prays. She leaves.

It will be a good day.

A very good day.


  1. Good noon, Penny!
    Leaving for work now - with a stop or two along the way for snow photos!
    We are all here to listen to anything you want to say (although we may not have Catherine's direct line). Feel free to unload any time!
    Sue Blanton

  2. Thanks, Sue! And thanks for the comment about the oncology nurses. They are THE BEST! I've been treated so well here at our hometown hospital and the best of the best is the food is DELICIOUS and they bring it to the door and say "Room Service" like you're in a something star hotel!

    Who'd have thunk it?


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