I remembered that as a kid, I liked to see him smile. His face would transform into a kids’ face and you couldn’t resist but smile back. We prayed for him and thanked God for his life.
Truly life is but a breath. (Psalm 39:5)
We enrolled in the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) classes at church to freshen up on doctrines, beliefs, practices and history of the Catholic Church. This would be David’s first time in a classroom setting. He enjoyed it very much. We took notes, asked questions, and later discussed what we had learned.
- “But healing is not to be cherished in itself. It points toward the Lord Jesus, and then to the Lord's plan for our time". (Page 129)
- “We know that the experience of enduring illness can build character. We know that suffering has a redemptive quality to it". (Page 142)
- “I believe that the healing we see all over the world signifies a new urgency in the Lord’s work in the world. This is a time of visitation”. (Page 144).
David expressed interest in working again. He was set on wanting to work at Wal-Mart and getting stocks. He would practice welcoming as a greeter by waving the hand and saying “Hi” as much as he could.
My mother was coming to visit us and David was getting ready to begin his second round of Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy. We were also planning on going to Miami in December. It had been a year since we had left and we were looking forward to going back and visit.
Jorge’s cousin Cita came from Puerto Rico and as always we ate, laughed, sang and danced the night away at home and at William and Pili’s.
We pondered on how great Lord’s love for us was as we walked in faith. I had this image of God embracing the universe and Jesus Christ right in the middle, which spoke to my heart constantly.
From New York, David’s friend Liza G. called and told him that he was on her mind all the time and that she believed God was using him in a powerful way for others. Her call brought a lot of joy and we thank God for His presence in our friends' lives.
One Friday night we went to see “Salvador Live” at downtown Orlando. Salvador and David had been friends for many years. Break-dancing together was almost like a salutation and watching Heps performed was a big treat for David.
At adoration one evening, a fellow parishioner whispered that David would be ok and that brought tears to my eyes. We prayed together especially for Jacob, Aggie’s grandson from Michigan, who had a brain tumor and as he underwent through many procedures his faith was strengthening his family and the community around him.
As we were getting ready for our trip to Miami, David became uncertain on visiting Segafredo because of his inability to talk or walk. We saw pictures and videos from when he was at the hospital, which he hadn’t seen up to that moment. We meditated on how far he had come and almost immediately he agreed to leap into this opportunity.
We stayed with Gaby where we shared laughs and stories with family.
The trip included a visit to his dentist Dr. Miranda which David was looking forward to. Eddy cooked for us at his apartment and we walked by the bay.
We were impressed how David remembered as he directed us to go to Bayside Hut through the back streets. His long-term memory was there.
Special visits followed starting with Brandon whom we prayed the deliverance prayer together with. Kimberly came Friday and we went to the movies to see Les Misserables, the musical and left Saturday. Michael came by on Tuesday and was very happy to see David stand up and take a few steps. Nurse Rose called to share how she continued working on her faith and how my optimistic faith with the perseverance and hard work of taking David home was a true testimony of faith. She mentioned that she would direct people at the nursing home - to visit us to get re-energized. We laughed and were grateful for the presence of each other in each others lives. She ended the conversation saying that God's message for me was “don't worry about anything even financially, have I not taken care of you before?”