I received another card today. This one came from a retired couple at our church. It contained a message of encouragement and hope and ended with a little comment from the wife that she liked my new hairdo—the short cut I got in preparation for cancer treatment. The card made me smile.

 I have received so many cards in the past two weeks—from people at church, from neighbors, from relatives, even from people I haven’t seen for quite awhile. My Facebook page lists numerous comments offering prayers and encouragement and cheering when I get good news. Each time I look at the cards parading across my hutch or read the messages online, I am amazed. So many people care about me. I would never have expected it.

 As an introvert, I generally try to avoid attention. I am content working quietly in the background. Because of that, I may not realize how many people care about me. However, cancer forced attention upon me. As word got out, I heard from others who had walked this road, and their stories helped me. I received extra hugs at church. And the cards started coming. Each card brought smiles and sometimes a tear or two. Through those soothing images and simple messages, God showed me His love, as well.

 As I read through the cards that decorate this room, I am grateful for each person who took the time to write a message and send it to me. Those cards impart one of the most empowering messages I could ever receive: I am loved. What more could I ask for?

About susanmaas

I grew up in the green state of Oregon, coming to love the birds, flowers, and other wild things of the woods. Our family homeschooled for sixteen years, spending wonderful vacations at the beach or camping in the western United States and British Columbia. For most of my adult life, I have been a part-time writer, creating personal experience stories, homeschooling articles, devotionals, Sunday school curriculum, and children's stories and books. I enjoy looking for signs of the eternal in nature and the small, everything events in our lives.
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