The cold, long, dark, winter nights are behind us and our world is waking up to the spring showers and warm, gentle breezes. Today, I am enjoying the beauty of God's creation in my back yard. The sun warms my face as I sit in my swing and look at the buds popping out on the trees. Springtime has a way of reminding us of new beginnings, doesn't it?! "Old things have passed away, behold all things have become new."
Glen and I have seen a lot of new changes at the Mayo Clinic since the state of Minnesota first went on lockdown due to COVID-19. In mid-March, while driving through St. Paul on our way to Rochester we saw only a handful of cars during ‘rush hour.’ We sure had smooth sailing for several trips. Once we arrived at the Mayo building the only people we met at the entrance were a police officer and three fully geared nurses who held temperature guns to our foreheads. No one was allowed inside unless they had a mandatory appointment with no fever or cough. After a barrage of COVID-19 questions in which we met all stipulations, Glen and I were given day pass stickers to wear and then allowed access indoors. Walking through the lifeless halls was like stepping into a ghost town. It had an eerie feeling which made me very sad. The normal hustle and bustle of medical staff and patients hurrying around was obsolete. There was one in sight anywhere until...we hit the 10th floor in the Gonda building. Here, the waiting room was full of 'active chemo' patients. We were among the few group of patients who could still receive on-site treatment. Every patient wore a mask starting in mid-March (even before it became mandatory at the end of the month) but that isn't uncommon to see people in masks in the chemo dept. Many patients going through chemotherapy wear masks because their immune systems are low. However, this was the first time I wore a mask voluntarily and I quickly adapted to wearing this personal protective equipment just like many of you who are taking precautions to stay healthy as well.
Those were the days we experienced at Mayo during the first phase of the stay-at-home ordinance. Now, most in-person appointments have resumed and the halls are filled with people moving about once again. The clinic cafe reopened and even allows indoor seating but since the weather warmed up, we feel more comfortable eating on the outdoor patio adjacent to the subway level.
As far as my health goes, I don't have any new updates. Most days I feel great, but once a month I have a few days where I need to lie still from fatigue.
Thank you for not ceasing to pray for me. I have many things to share with you and in the days to follow I will send more journals of some of my writings during the initial quarantine.
I'm very thankful to God for sending a new season of warm and sunny days so we can spend more time outside and even see friends face to face in an outdoor atmosphere. We have missed you all and look forward to seeing many of you at church soon.
I also want to share with you that this past week my siblings and I have been preparing to celebrate our parent’s 60th wedding anniversary. Yes, 60 blessed years!!! That's quite a milestone, isn't it?! Think about it...First, a couple must marry in their late teens-early twenties. Then, they must both live into their late seventies-early eighties. And to top it all off, they must remain joined together for the entire time.
When talking to my dad about being married for so long he remarked, "Once around is enough for me." We always laugh at his sense of humor. But joking aside, marriage is truly a reflection of God's grace and He gives each one the perfect mate who will best conform us to the glorious image of Christ our Savior. Both my dad and mom have had to learn to work together and get along with a love that only God Himself can supply. It's the kind of love that "bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things." We often hear I Corinthians 13 read at a wedding ceremony, but it's another story to see it lived out for several decades.
Because of God's generous grace and goodness to us all, we are able to be together as a family this Saturday at our family cabin on Loon Lake in Palo to celebrate the greatness of our God. Please pray for warm, dry weather so we can spend our time outside with social distancing. And if you have time, please call my parents or send them a card. Their address and phone number is listed below.
Thank you for all the love and support given to us over the years. We are blessed to be a forever family, united by a secured bond through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Until we meet again, sending lots of love to you in thought and prayer, Cindy
I Corinthians 13:4-7 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;
Abide in (Christ’s) love...that (His) joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full...love one another as (Christ) has loved you.
Portions of scripture from John 15
❤️patient ❤️kind ❤️generous ❤️humble ❤️meek ❤️polite ❤️considerate ❤️respectful ❤️giving of oneself ❤️not defensive ❤️accepts criticism ❤️thinks good thoughts towards the other ❤️rejoices in God's truths
Love will never come to an end
Heirs together of the grace of life
Merle and Lois Gibson
233 North Lake Drive Hibbing, MN 55746