I hope you will enjoy a nostalgic family story in the middle of this holiday week. Several years ago this story was posted on Roy Lessin's Meet Me in the Meadow blog as part of a Thanksgiving Series and I won a signed copy of his book, Meet Me in the Meadow. I hope you will enjoy that story here today!
I will never forget the year our family of four came down with the flu at the end of a Thanksgiving trip to Grandma’s house. My mother-in-law came down with the flu the day after Thanksgiving and when we piled in our car to make the nine hour drive home we began to succumb to the sickness like falling dominoes.
Our two daughters were ages four and six and they were sick first with the fever and chills and aches and stuck in the car feeling horrible for the duration of the long ride. Randy and I succumbed shortly after arriving home and soon we were all so miserable that we just pulled out the queen-sized sofa bed in the living room and suffered together.
We had been out of town for almost a week and there was nothing to eat in the refrigerator and we certainly weren’t stocked with the expected items you would want to have on hand when you come down with the flu.
We called the pastor of our small church and in less than 24 hours someone from the church had brought us all the groceries and medicine we needed including homemade chicken soup. They placed our supplies on the porch and yelled for us to not open the door since we were contagious. But after they left we quickly brought in our food and medicine. The pot of chicken soup was huge and I was very touched that someone took the time to make it for us.
The lady who made and brought the soup later shared with us that she loved to be able to help families by taking them food when there was a need. We were thankful she chose to bless us when our entire family had the flu at the same time. Her bountiful provision of homemade chicken soup nursed us back to health.
The queen-sized sofa bed gradually and thankfully emptied as each member of our family recovered from the flu. Never again did our entire family have the flu at the same time. Thank goodness!
I am giving away one copy of First Breath of Morning this week! Subscribers, just reply to this post that you would like to win a copy by Friday at noon and you will be entered. Non-subscribers can email me at ksuecheek (at) sbcglobal (dot) net
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I will inform the winner on Saturday!