My dad ... is ridiculously sweet, funny, charming and godly.
Last December, he fell and broke his hip. (just days before he was coming to spend Christmas with us, see our new home and meet his new great grandson)
Dad has led a full and very interesting life, facing many challenges. He has walked with God a long time.
Still, this was hard. Having lost two wives to cancer (he and my mom were married 55 years and he and Dot were married 8 years), he was facing this recovery alone. And, he knew the moment he fell, that his driving days were over.
He had surgery to place a pin in his hip and was sent to rehab, for what was supposed to be 3 weeks, but ended up being 3 months.
I talked to him his first morning at the new rehabilitation site. In his tired and groggy post surgery voice he said, "You know what I really need, Glenny, I need brave pills. I need to grow up and be brave." (adorable, right?)
Later that day, I was repeating this conversation to my brother, Tom. He cut right to the chase. "Well, that is no problem, dad knows how to get brave pills."
And that is when I came up with my idea...
Dad has always relied on his relationship with Jesus, his many years of reading the Bible and his countless hours in prayer. But he was tired, in pain and afraid. He really did need someone to come along side of him and give him some brave pills.
So, I made some. I googled "top 30 encouraging verses in the Bible," grabbed my art supplies and voila ... brave pills.
Who do you know that could use some brave pills? I made some for my friend who was facing her first Christmas without her dad, and another friend having knee replacement surgery.
Get out some paper and art supplies. Then, pop some brave pills in the mail and you will be a wonderful encouragement.
Dad is doing great, by the way.
He is in a beautiful assisted living place, surrounded by his favorite things, close to family and gets tons of visitors. He is one blessed guy and we are one grateful family.
ps. The great picture of dad was taken by my young nephew, George.