I spent a part of my day with every person in this picture and it’s funny how our interactions all somehow related back to Michael.
Walking in to Youth Group tonight, Howard Goodwin and I made small talk about him and how his surgery got postponed today.
At dinner time and at bed time, our kids both remembered Michael in their prayers. I have to say that it gives me such joy to be able to share updates with them when they ask how Michael is doing. He’s been a tangible way for our kids to see how God works closely in our everyday lives.
And my sweet friend Victoria is home from college on Spring Break. We decided that we would meet up for breakfast tomorrow morning at 7 to catch up and also to be able to pray for Michael right as he is going in for surgery.
It’s amazing to think how someone can touch your life and so many lives, in such an incredible way. It inspires me to want to live in such a way that I could be the kind of a person who really, truly makes a difference in this wonderful world.
Speaking of people who make a difference… This evening we had the great privilege of meeting a young man named Keith Caputo. I had heard about Keith through various community events and online social media posts. He’s the founder and force behind a local charity organization called “Helping Makes You Happy.” Every year, Keith and his team hosts several fund raisers to raise support for helping the community. I’ve always loved hearing about Keith, his many projects, his heart for others and his passion to help bring joy to those around him.
Earlier this week, I was contacted by Keith’s mom Cassy. She and Keith have been following Michael’s story and they had a special basket of goodies that they put together. They also had a very generous donation from Helping Makes You Happy to go towards Michael’s Comfy Clothes Campaign (our youth group’s idea to help Michael get some awesome clothing for his upcoming transition to rehab). It was such a joy to meet these two and to receive their awesome gifts knowing that they would be such an encouragement and blessing to the Einfeldts.
And again, I was reminded of how fulfilling it is to live to love and serve others. I could see it in Keith’s face as he proudly presented his generous gifts and it was such a blessing to get to meet this young man who has such a beautiful heart. It’s probably the connection that he found in reading Michael’s story. I’m sure that he was able to see that Michael has that same sort of wonderful, giving heart.
Speaking of our Michael, we were so happy to get to go up and see him today. Since we were away, we definitely missed getting to spend our normal time at the hospital with Michael and his family. We didn’t have a lot of time to see him since he was storming quite a bit and quite uncomfortable with that as well. But I was able to look him in the eyes and see that familiarity and that in itself was a sweet blessing. I told him that we loved him so very much and that things were going to get better for him soon. I told him that because it’s something that I believe so deeply in my heart.
We had gone up to see Michael in his family knowing that his surgery was scheduled for 10:00am. We visited for awhile and then decided to head out thinking that Michael would be leaving soon for his surgery. While we went out to grab a bite to eat with Jeremy’s parents who are here visiting, I got a text from Sally sharing that Michael’s surgery had been postponed till tomorrow. It wasn’t anything to do with him, it was due to another complication for another patient.
So many people were praying for Michael today, so I truly just felt that God had a reason for postponing the surgery. As of now, it’s scheduled for 7:00am Friday morning. And as we again anticipate this big day for Michael, I know that we can rest in the truths of Proverbs 2:7-8. It talks about how the Lord holds victory in store for the upright and how he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless. God guards the course of the just and He is the one who will protect the way of His faithful ones.
I am resting tonight believing that these words will hold true for Michael. Please continue praying for him and for his surgery today!