Friday, December 5, 2014


Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” Matthew 16:24

As I sat in church on All Saints Sunday and heard my husband’s name read aloud I was reminded of all the angels that God had sent our way during the last two years. I actually have to go back about ten years when we had retired to Arkansas; we were happy and content with our lives. Then our younger son and his wife came to visit with our new granddaughter who was a few months old. He mentioned to his Dad that they wished we lived closer to them. Would be willing to move to Virginia? I am convinced that God planted this seed so that we would be where we needed to be in the future.

Following our move to Charlottesville we were led by God to Aldersgate United Methodist Church. We settled in and became involved in our new surroundings and, as usual, volunteered our time in the community and the church. Then last year our lives changed forever: Wayne was diagnosed with ALS, Lou Gehrig’s Disease. It was then that we began to realize why God had sent us here. We discovered that Charlottesville has an ALS Clinic which includes being examined by 12 specialists in one setting. Our first appointment lasted for three hours. Even though it was overwhelming, it was an amazing experience and gave us all the information we needed.

That was just the beginning of the angels who crossed our path. When it came time for Home Health Aides we were again blessed with caring, loving people. Of course, the church family was filled with angels who were always there when we had a need, including food, visits, or moving furniture when it was time for a hospital bed. This experience has given new meaning the words of the old hymn, “Where He leads me, I will follow, I’ll go with Him all the way.”

Jean Hamlin

Prayer: Dear Lord, You know best what path we should follow. Amen.