The Gift of Hospitality

There comes a time prayers are answered unexpectedly:

Angelic welcoming at the Hospitality Apartments…

Answer me when I call you,

O my righteous God.

Give  me relief from my distress;

be merciful to me and hear my prayer.”  __Psalm 4:1

On  my husband’s 78th birthday, as we juggled our options at crossroads of life, a number of prayers were answered by a call from Hospitality Apartments, in Houston.  The gentleman’s message lit our grim outlook that day, and my husband repeatedly said, I can’t believe it.

Run by community volunteers devoted to providing a safe, clean place to meet the needs of MD Anderson Cancer Center patients and their caregivers, the goodwill began with a good man’s vision.  He was a doctor.

After work, the good doctor attended Bible Study and that’s where he found out there were patients from afar in need of housing.

It is here where my husband is presently undergoing stem cell transplant to combat a Large b Cell Lymphoma.  At his age, “monocammaslopathy treatment” is warranted.  That means he will be blessed to use his own harvested bone marrow cells.

The medical breakthroughs are remarkable.  The whole team of physicians and nurses serve with skill, patience, and an obvious dedication to wiping out cancer.

Dan pulling the little wagon with water and suitcases… to the elevator up the second floor… W-25…

We realized the long term required stay would mean borrowing more funds against the value of our home. We live nearly four hours away, and even though Texas highways are excellently maintained, our years slow our stamina.

Each resident holds a story of how there came a time…

 We meet people from everywhere, even as my last blog describes the Okamotos.  We celebrated answered prayers while also housed next door to a couple from Hawaii.

 

At America’s Best Value Hotel…located on Maine, Kirby, and Old Spanish Trail…(like the Trinity square of Miracles :-)…)  Francisco maintains a clean vehicle, and loves to help all in need…  We witnessed his sincere service…

Maybe the signs began to add up …

As we were commiserating that morning with the hotel’s shuttle driver, Francisco, we spoke of alternative housing and back in the shuttle, two other patients agreed to sing Happy Birthday to Dan in Spanish…

Three four hours of harvesting cells for the stem transplant procedure…it is scheduled to begin… after the first six days of ” serious chemo”…in a week or so…

Though I have the video, it will not load in this format.  I am grateful to tell you, it was a day of miracles…

Francisco helped us be out of the hotel by 11, come to meet with Jim the volunteer who showed us the facility, then get to the hospital for a scheduled procedure by one o’clock.  This was on Francisco; he made time to keep us on schedule.  He said it was “…por Dios…”…for God…

In the Community Room… where Bible Study is held, communion is given, churches bring a feast meal, quilting class and wreath making is offered, friends are made over puzzles, a library corner, a television nook, and there always seems to be coffee on the counter… an ever attentiveness beckons relief from worry…  Our Lord is present.
Having pulled the wagon, and with key in hand, Dan entered our new abode.

Time is their gift in hospitality; Julie and Jim fill our needs to fulfill their hearts. God bless them.
Leti and I used scraps of Teacher Marcia’s quilting class to tie knots for a Christmas wreath…I will write another blog just for that :-)…

Today is Jim’s birthday, our volunteer contact, … and I asked to photograph him with his dear friend Julie; they are helpmates for details needed attention running the office aside the necessities of a well run home, including delivery of packages to individuals living through an unforeseen phase in life.  They do it all with kindness.

Their souls heed a calling to be as a Family for those in need of a place to call home for three months.

The premise is comfortable, clean, tidy, and there are rules to be followed. One feels welcome.  It is a new feeling to receive the gift of hospitality.  It is both comforting and humbling.

A slice to celebrate a birthday while sharing precious time to complete tasks at the Hospitality Apartments… with love.

At the moment I am filled with gratitude, and can give back my heartfelt prayers.

“Holy Communion This Sunday at Hospitality Apartments.
This Sunday at 2pm in the Community Room, a non-denominational Holy Communion service will be provided for any of our residents and their gusts who wish to attend. The service lasts about 15 minutes. We would be pleased to share this with you.
Remember: Don’t be afraid of tomorrow… Christ is already there!”

 

Notices of events placed on our door… spell love…

to inform and let us know we matter…

They care…

And a canvas bag filled with necessities and goodies says…

“Just Pass It On!”

 

 

 

 

 

” Keep on loving each other as brothers. Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.” __Hebrews 13:1-2

Prayers are answered and miracles occur… and I hope we too can ” Just Pass It On!”

The volunteers fill a void because they heard God speak to their hearts.  

They greet us as if they had always known us…

They make time to be Christians by offering their talents…  and most of all, their compassion… because they know God is love…

They smile lovingly when we may have forgotten those smiles…

They seem to know the child in us.

 

 

I can testify to having entertained angels unaware as even today in my hour of need, a package arrived with Peppermint tea and way too many undeserving goodies from an old friend.

She knew us way back when the children were small.

On our porch in Cougar Run :-), Terry Jouver visited in August and saw Dan at Saint Luke’s Lufkin Hospital and Pine Crest Rehab Center…

Terry Jouver was a nurse at Saint Vincent’s Hospital in Erie, Pennsylvania.  I taught her younger sister at Maplewood High School.

Back then, I did not know this day would come.

At the time Terry mailed the package, who knew I would need the tea and cookies, and chocolates and pampering by Friday?

I am too ill to go and be with Dan in the hospital.  A cold of sorts took a hold of me like I don’t remember having since my twenties!

Terry told me tonight she remembered my hospitality and wanted to cheer me.

I am sipping the tea…  and smiling to know there are angels all around..

A heartwarming visit… an old friend who came to visit and bring joy…

A Bible Study of the book of John led by Rocky… attended also by Tony… is present for healing souls…
” In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.”
__ John 1:1-2
” Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.”__ John 1;3-5

 

In gratitude, I write to say thank you…

Thank you…

Thank you so much.

There comes a time

prayers are answered unexpectedly…  and they are called miracles…

“Just Pass It On!”

 


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