For years I have whispered a fleeting prayer when I see someone walking on a prosthesis. My first personal encounter was with a beautiful 12-year-old who lost her left foot and half her shin that we amputated in surgery one winter night. She came back a few months later and we danced a little in the hall of the hospital — her on her new prosthesis. I never got over the courage in a smile from that child.
Wars and accidents have increased the number of friends and new acquaintances sporting the latest in prosthetic fashion. All face pain: mental, emotional, actual, continual, and memory based. All must make daily overcoming part of their diet and regimen.
So my prayer is for their daily courage. Courage to face the pain. Courage to gear up for battle for the new day.
Courage to cross the threshold of his or her door and go out into the world and live life.
It takes continual courage, a reservoir of bravery, a small surplus of audacity to leave the womb or nest and cross the threshold into exposed life, doesn’t it?
And so for us all. Even being down for a couple of days with a virus, and then we must get up and go back out to work. Go back to school. Go back to the project running over budget with no answer on the drawing board, yet. Go back to fighting for a marriage. Go back and face today’s battle.
So today’s whispered prayer is: help me cross the threshold and step back into life, if not fearlessly, then swallowing my doubts and smiling enough to keep everyone else guessing! And help me use my abilities well, rather than as if someone only strapped them on to me yesterday in rehab.