Today one of our dear, dear friends came home to The Dale. And what a joyful homecoming it was!
This friend has been living in hospital since early last summer, battling a serious illness. He is no longer contagious, and is finally free to come and go as he pleases, as long as he’s at his friend’s house (where he’s currently couch surfing) every morning for the public health nurse who comes to make sure that he’s taking his meds. While this may sound constraining, it’s far more freedom than our friend has had for close to a year.
When he walked into drop in today, he was greeted by numerous exclamations of surprise and delight. After I rushed over to collect my hug, I sat back and watched as he was bombarded with love. During announcements we made his homecoming known, and the room erupted in cheers and clapping. It was so beautiful 🙂
I’m very thankful for the return of this friend to our community.
I’m prayerful that he will make choices that will help, not hinder, his recovery.
I’m sad that he has come home to a community that contains six fewer members than when he left, including Cowboy, one of his very closest friends.
However, after the long string of goodbyes in the last year, it’s SO good to be welcoming someone back to the community… To be welcoming someone home.