37 – Searching for Answers – Tom is Released


Two days had passed when the doctor walked into Tom’s room around 6:30 am. Tom looked up with a bit of anxiety on his face and offered up good morning Doc. The doctor picked up Tom’s chart and looked over the details that the nurses had left during the evening. He walked over to Tom and asked how he was feeling. Well to tell you the truth, I am feeling pretty good today. The doctor smiled as he said; you sound like you would you like to go home pretty soon? You have no idea Doc! Well if you keep this up the rest of the morning and promise to be good we just might let you go home this afternoon. Do you live alone or do you have someone that lives with you inquired the doctor? You shouldn’t try to stay home alone. Yes I do live by myself, replied Tom. Well you really need to stay with someone for at least the next week just in case you need some help. You should make sure you can handle things on your own before you try it. You might want to start thinking about it and I will stop back by before leaving the hospital and we will make a decision then. Oh that would be great replied Tom as the doctor walked towards the door stopping just long enough to say; see you around noon.

Tom picked up his phone and dialed Ann not thinking about it being 6:35am. It rang a few times then went to voicemail. Hi this is Ann. Sorry I can’t take your call right now. Leave a message and I will call you back as soon as possible. Hi Ann. Tom here. Guess what. I think I can get out of here today. Call me when you can. Love you, Tom. Tom quickly dialed Joe and he picked up after the first ring. Hi Tom is everything alright. Yes of course. Why? Well it’s 6:35am for one. Oh my, now I know why Ann didn’t answer. Sorry, but I think I’m getting out this afternoon. That is great news replied Joe. Are you going to go back to your place? Well that’s a problem. The doctor wants me to stay with someone for a week or until I am sure I can handle everything by myself. Well you can come to my place if you want Joe quickly added. All we need to do is get a second bed so you have something to sleep on. Would you really do that for me Joe? You know I would. So when do you want me to pick you up? I will need to call you once I know for sure which should be around noon. Just call me on my cell and I will let the boss know. He will be cool with me leaving a little early. He is always asking how you are. Better run though or I will be late. Call me when you know for sure were the last of Joe’s words as he ran out the door heading towards his car.

Tom hung up his phone and leaned back in his bed and looked at the ceiling and smiled. I guess maybe we will be saying goodbye pretty soon. You have been a great listener and you never have much to say but I will miss you just a little. Well maybe not too much. Tom closed his eyes and let himself drift back in his thoughts.

Tom’s eyes quickly opened when he heard his phone ring that special sound he had set just for Ann. Hi my lovely almost wife. How are you doing? Well I’m fine but… I’m getting out Ann, Tom blurted out not waiting for an answer from Ann. Where are you going to stay inquired Ann. You can’t stay by yourself at your place can you? No – the doctor told me I need to stay with someone for a week to see how I was able to handle being out of the hospital and Joe asked me to stay with him. I am feeling really good and can’t wait to get out of here. This is great news Tom. Joe is a special friend and I know he will crack the whip on you if you misbehave. They both chuckled a little before they settled into a more serious talk. We haven’t talked to our parents yet about us Tom. I know Ann. I wanted to tell them yesterday but it never worked out where everyone was here at the same time. Maybe we can tell them over at Joe’s later today, Tom continued. That might work, but leaving the hospital and settling in at Joe’s place could take a lot out of you Tom. I will be ok Ann. I am just so excited to let them know. My parents will need to leave pretty soon and go back to Michigan so we need to do it before they leave. You should take it easy this morning and come over to see me at Joe’s. If something changes I will let you know. You probably should tell both of our parents what is happening. I will Tom. Just take it easy and don’t overdo it. Be careful. I love you and want you out but I want you getting better. I will be fine replied Tom. I will call you as soon as I know everything for sure. I love you Ann. I love you too Tom. I’ll talk to you after a while added Ann as she closed her phone and laid it on her bed stand. Ann leaned back on her bed and closed her eyes trying to let everything sink in a little. A few minutes had passed when she heard her mom crack her door open and asked if she was going to come down and join them for breakfast. I will be right down mom.

The morning dragged along and Tom was sitting up in bed wishing Ann had come to the hospital when the door opened and the doctor walked in. After looking over his charts and checking Tom over a little he looked at him and said; well do you have a place to stay? Yes, yes. I am going to Joe’s apartment and will stay with him until I am strong enough to handle things on my own. Ok then. I will sign the release papers and you can leave by mid-afternoon. I will have the nurses get everything ready for you and I will have them set up a follow-up appointment the end of this week, probable Friday and I want to see you in my office. No driving and take it easy. They will give you a list of do’s and don’ts before you leave.

Tom quickly called Joe and let him know that he could leave around 3 o’clock. That will work out good Tom. Paul had a spare bed and we left work at lunch time and moved it into my spare room. So we are good to go. I get out around 2:30 today so I will swing by the hospital and pick you up. Thanks Joe. You are the greatest friend anyone could have. Oh, Ann may swing by after we get to your place and maybe both of our parents if that is ok. Well, the place is not too dirty, but I can spiff it up a little after we get you moved in. Maybe you better let Ann know so we have a little time to get you settled in. See you around 2:40.

The afternoon dragged on for what seemed like forever when the door opened and Joe walked in. Well you ready to go? Yup, I’m just waiting for you. I signed all the papers earlier and all they need to do is wheel me out. I stopped by the desk on my way in replied Joe and they said they would be right down.

I wasn’t long and Joe had Tom loaded in his car. They pulled out of the parking lot turning right and were heading towards Joe apartment.

“To be continued”

36 – Searching for Answers – The New Nurse


Sarah and Joe were still with Tom when he looked over at Ann and motioned for her to come closer. I asked your dad if he would let me marry you and guess what? He said yes! My dad must have been a little delusional today Ann fired off with a big smirk on her face. You know Tom; dad thinks you’re pretty nice. Sometimes I think he likes you more than me. Well what’s not to like replied Tom. Ann started to laugh and Sarah and Joe joined in as Tom pulled his pillow tighter to his chest to help ease the pain his laughter caused to his healing ribs.

Tom broke the laughter when his facial expression became more serious. Ann we need to get our parents together so we can tell them about us getting married before your dad lets it out. I’m sure he will tell your mom what I asked and I don’t want to give her any time to work on you to change your mind Tom added and again broke into a grin as the four of them started to laugh again. Ann looked at Tom and smiled. You’re starting to feel better aren’t you? Joe jumped into the conversation adding the old Tom appears to be on the mend. Tom quickly added and don’t you think we should tell them about the baby as he continued to focus on Ann’s face? I really think we need to tell them about our baby, about our baby boy we are going to have. They could see a side of Tom’s emotions that doesn’t generally surface. Ann’s face shined with the excitement about getting married to the man she loved but quickly diminished as she thought about having a baby. She got the chills and the doubt again flowed into her mind as she struggled to accept the fact that she was going to be a mom. How could this happen? I know we were caught up in the emotions that evening out at the bonfire, but we were so careful. This is crazy! Tom’s going to be a dad and I am going to be a mom? Ann stood silent as her mind moved into a world that was searching for answers that were eluding her. As her searching for answers continued all she could think about was that she was too young, Tom is too young, this will change everything, nothing will be the same, it will spoil all our plans, I will get fat and Tom won’t love me anymore and… She stood silently next to Tom’s bed staring at the floor when both Joe and Sarah realized she was in another world. Ann, are you ok asked Tom as he continued to look at her? Are you feeling ok? What’s wrong? Tom, I love you and I want to marry you. I can’t wait. But I’m not sure about the baby Tom. I don’t think I am ready for this. I’m scared, I just don’t know if I am ready to be a mom and a wife all in the same year. It’s not too late to make this go away Tom! I’ve been researching it online and I am not very far along so it would be easy. But I don’t know if I could go through with it either. I don’t know what to do Ann added as the tears began to roll down her cheeks and then dropping to the floor.

Tom reached over and raised his bed so he was sitting up and tugged on Ann’s hand as he pulled her closer. Joe stood silent on the other side searching for words that might help comfort Ann and support his friend Tom at the same time. Sarah looked over at Ann as she felt compassion for what she was going through. Joe’s began to let his mind search for answers that he might have if it were Sarah that was pregnant. Silence had filled the room when Tom looked up at Ann and said, it is going to be alright. I know it is scary right now but this baby is real, it’s alive, it’s living and it’s ours. I promise I will be there for you and our son no matter what. Sarah looked over at Ann adding I am her for you. Anything you need I will help you with it. You are not alone added Joe. We will be with you and Tom all the way. Maybe we could talk to Pastor Dan about how to handle this added Sarah. He is great and he listens well. Maybe, but he is going to tell me that the only thing to do is to have the baby, replied Ann. I am so scared Sarah. Ann I’m not going to tell you what to do and Pastor Dan won’t pressure you either. He may help you sort out some of the feelings you are having and then you two can make up your mind together. Ann you know how much I care for you. But I have to ask why you wouldn’t want to have your baby? It is part of you and Tom and you two are special and so is this baby boy that is growing inside of you. I know Sarah, but you are not the one that is having it. You are my best friend and I know you will be there to help me if I need it, but I am so worried about this. Sarah walked around the bed and put her arms around Ann giving her a hug. It’s going to be alright Ann. It’s going to be ok.

Tom looked over at Ann and said something that no one in the room expected. Maybe we should pray about it. I don’t claim to know or understand how you feel right now Ann. I just know that I love you with or without a baby. I want to get married with or without a baby. I want to have a family with you no matter when we have our first child. But I also know that God knows about this child, He knew it was a boy, and I believe He already has plans for him. How could He have plans for him already when he is not even a real person yet Ann replied? I’m not that far along. But he knows about him so he must already see him as a living person. I just think we need to talk to Him about this before we make any decisions. Sarah was looking at Joe as she continued to process what she was hearing come out of Tom’s mouth. This was a side of Tom she didn’t know existed. As a matter of fact no one in the room could believe their ears. Ann looked at Tom and smiled. If you think we should pray about it then we should. But how do we do that Tom? It’s easy. We just talk to him as if he is right here with us. That is all he wants. He wants to be our friend and it is up to us to invite Him in to help us Ann. Maybe we can sit down and read the bible or maybe Pastor Dan has some books on this that will also help added Sarah. But I know Tom is right. All God want is for us to love him and he will help us through every difficult situation we face. Sometimes we get answers after we pray to Him and then sit down and read what He had people write for Him. That is one of the most important ways for Him to speak to us. Tom tugged on Ann’s hand again and said let me try this. Let’s all hold hands and I will do my best to find some words. Sarah reached across the bed and took hold of Joe’s hand as he took hold of Tom’s while Ann and Sarah continued to have their arms around each other and Ann held Tom’s as tightly as she could as she could feel the emotions begin to build again.

Ok God, we are all her together and we need your help. We all know you are for real and we all believe in you. We don’t know what you have planned for Ann and me and our baby but please help us sort this all out. We need your guidance. You know how you made me feel when I visited heaven and was talking with grandpa, even though it was for only a short time before you told me I had to come back. And now that I’m back I am really happy to be here. I guess you knew what you were talking about when you said Ann needed me. You knew we were having a baby and you knew it was a boy so you must know answers to all our questions. You understand Ann and how she feels right now and she needs your comfort and support. I need your help to know how to take care of her and the baby. Please give us some answers and help Ann and I too make the correct decision. Oh and one more thing, help us when we tell our parents that we are going to get married and that they are going to become grandparents if that is what you want us to do. Thanks in advance for your help.

Ann took her sleeve and wiped her eyes so she could see again. She looked down at Tom and asked; you just said that God told you that you needed to come back and take care of me and the baby. I don’t remember you telling me that before. Well, it’s true Ann. That is why I was told I had to return. At first I wanted to stay but something told me that He had a plan and we are part of it so back I came. You really believe that God wants both of us and our baby to be some part of a plan Tom? I really do Ann. I have no idea what that is yet, but I am sure we will find out.

Sarah walked around to the other side of the bed and put her arm around Joe giving him a small hug. She then looked over at Ann with a big smile and said I think maybe God is trying to answer your question. You might be right Sarah. Maybe we could talk to Pastor Dan. But right now I am beginning to believe we are going to be parents Tom. You and I together, replied Tom. And maybe a dozen more!!! Let’s just get through this one first big guy, replied Ann as her smile began to shine again.

They all started to laugh a little louder when the nurse walked in. Looks like I just interrupted something big. Yes, you could say that, added Joe. Well, let see how Tom is doing today. After checking his vitals and looking over his injuries she look at his chart and smiled adding, if you keep this up we are going to kick you out of her in the next day or so. You are healing up quite fast based on the injuries you had. I guess you could chalk this up to some kind of miracle or something if you know what I mean the nurse added as she looked up at Tom and smiled. Tom just smiled back and added; yes it is more of a miracle then you know. Not really added the nurse. Once I found out that Ann was expecting I knew that something special was going to happen. Sometimes things just happen at the right time and you just know that God’s hand is in it somehow if you know what I mean.  She winked at Ann as she walked out the door and it closed behind her. Tom, is she new here? I have never seen her before. I think so Tom replied. How did she know I was pregnant? She was not one of my nurses.

Ann walked over to the door and quickly looked both right and left looking for the nurse that had just left the room but couldn’t see her anywhere. Sarah quickly joined her in the hallway. What’s up Ann? I’m not sure Sarah. Let’s go down to the nurse’s station and check to see if it is really possible that Tom will be released in a day or so. As they approached the desk, they couldn’t see the nurse that was just in Tom’s room so Ann asked the nurse behind the desk if she knew who the new nurse was that just checked in on Tom. Not sure what you are talking about. We don’t have any new nurses working here and the only one that would have checked up on Tom would be either Ronda or me. Ann looked at Sarah with a look of disbelief then turning back to the nurse behind the desk and asked if it was possible that Tom could be released in the next couple days. Well give me a little time and I will come down to Tom’s room and we will check things out. But in the end it is really the doctor who makes that call.

Sarah and Ann started walking back towards Tom’s room when Ann stopped and looked Sarah in the eye saying; what is going on Sarah? Who was that that checked on Tom?

35 – Searching for Answers – Answering Questions


It was almost noon when Joe had managed to get everyone out of Tom’s room. Ann and Sarah had asked Jill and Randy out to lunch and Tom had made a point to ask Joe if he could stick around for a while. The plan was moving forward. Joe and Tom had waited only a few minutes when Joe looked out the window and could see Paul and Greg drive into the parking lot. If was only a couple minutes when the door opened and they walked into Tom’s room. Tom smiled as Greg walked over to his bed and asked how he was feeling. Oh I think I am on the mend and I’m feeling much better today. They have taken a lot of the pain med’s away and I am starting to feel more like myself. However, when I looked in the mirror this morning and from what I could see, I wasn’t sure why I was feeling as good as I am. So yes I am feeling better and looking forward to getting out of here and going home. Joe motioned to Paul saying; I have something I need to give you Paul. Maybe we should go get it before I forget again, if that’s ok. You guys go ahead, replied Greg. I’ll stay with Tom and when you get back we’ll go catch that lunch Paul and you should join us if you want Joe. I’m buying. Ok, we’ll be back in a couple minutes, replied Joe.

Paul and Joe left the room and once they were outside the door, Joe told Paul thanks for the help. So what’s up anyway? Well Tom wanted to talk to Greg alone so I told him I would see if we could make that happen. And you pulled it off. Well it must be something special for Tom to want to talk to Ann’s dad by himself replied a curious Paul. You could say that, added Joe as he nodded his head in agreement. I would tell you more, but Tom made me promise to keep it to myself until he is ready to talk to everyone.

Tom looked at Greg with a smile and started out by saying; it has been so great that you have helped my mom and dad out and let them stay at your place. I know how much they appreciate it. You are a special dad and Ann loves you guy’s for everything you have done and how you have been here even for me. Well Tom, you are very special to Ann and that makes you special to us also. We feel like you are a part of our family. You have both always made me feel welcome Greg. You know, I have something I have been thinking about and I wonder if I could ask you your opinion? You know you can Tom. What’s on your mind? I will do my best to answer it. Well… I am not really sure how to ask you other than to just say it. I really love Ann. She is the greatest and we have been dating for a couple years now and I would like to ask if it would be ok with you if I asked Ann to marry me? Greg stood silent for a few seconds and then smiled at Tom and said nothing would make me happier. Tom began to glow a little like a part of him just healed up faster than the doctors would have anticipated. Greg walked over to Tom’s bed and carefully shook his hand and said welcome to the family. Let me know what her answer is, but I think I already know. Just then Paul and Joe who had been waiting outside the door walked back in to see Tom and Greg with big smiles on their face. Tom gave Joe a thumb’s up as he continued to grin his special Tom grin.

Still smiling Greg said, ok, with that out of the way, I think we need to grab some lunch and get me back to the office. Only so much excitement a man can take in one day. Paul looked at Tom and then Joe saying so now I know what the big secret was all about. Congratulations Tom. Joe looked at Greg and asked if he could get a rain check on the lunch. I would like to stay here with Tom for a while. You sure can Joe. Just let me know when you want to go. Maybe sometime after Tom is out of here added Greg. We could all go together. That sound great replied Joe.

Paul and Greg made their way towards the parking lot when Greg looked at Paul and asked; did you know anything about this? Not a chance. I only knew Tom wanted to see you for something. Joe wouldn’t tell me any more than that and I still wanted that lunch so it was easy as long as you were up to it. Well we need to have a good one my friend. You want to go to the Pub? Sounds great replied Paul.

Tom looked over at Joe and smiled saying thank you my good friend. You always come through for me. Hey, Sarah told me you had some other news for me. Care to tell me about it? I sure am if you are ready for it. I am never really ready to hear your tails Tom, but I always enjoy them, so fire away.

Well Joe, I died the day of the accident! I died twice! You what replied Joe with a look on his face that told a story of its own. What are you talking about? Well while I was in the ambulance on my way to the hospital, I was watching as the paramedic was working on me to restart my heart. I could see how hard he was working and heard him when he told the driver to speed it up he was losing me. Then he got those paddles out and before I know it I was laying there on the gurney looking at him as he was hooking up another IV and giving updates to the emergency room nurse that was on the speaker phone with him. After we arrived, they rushed me into the emergence room and they were working on me to stop all the bleeding and checking me over to see what else was broken when I it happened again. I was standing off to the side while everyone was scrambling around and the doctors were hollering out orders. They worked frantically to restart my heart while others continued to work to stop the bleeding. I watch for a little and then left the room and walked down the hallway to find Ann. I could see how much she was hurting but at that point I had no pain at all and just wished she could be with me. I waved at her from the doorway trying to get her attention but she couldn’t see me. Then things changed and I was gone.

A bright light sucked me up and everything was moving at warp speed as the images blurred by me and before I knew it I was standing in one of the most peaceful places I have ever seen. I remember just standing there looking around not knowing where I was. It was beautiful and I wanting to explore everything. Then I heard someone call out my name. I turned and looked in the direction it came from and could see someone I thought I recognized. Then he said my name again and that is when I recognized him. It was my Grandfather. He looked different than I remembered but it was really him.  He was much younger looking. Like a picture I had seen in my mother’s scrap book. I walked over to him and he gave me the biggest hug. I asked him where we were and he said this is heaven but there is so much more. He told me he was told I was coming and he was waiting for me. Joe, everything was so peaceful. We talked for a while about things and the other’s around us were doing small task and enjoying the beauty. I can’t totally explain it. I keep searching for words that would do justice but I think it is something beyond our human words. Tom, I am confused. I didn’t know you had… I know Joe. Grandpa told me he knew it when I did it at the church. I just closed my eyes while we were all sitting there and asked Jesus into my life, told Him I needed a lot of help and told him I was sorry for all the bad things I had done. I wanted what you had. I could see the difference it had made for you. Wow, Tom! You know I felt a little different after that Tom added. Something changed. I could feel it.  I wanted to tell Ann but didn’t know how or when. Then we decided to head to the Pub and I knew you and Sarah would be there, so I figured I would tell all of you at the same time and then that car hit us and you know the rest of that story better than I do. Well what else did you see Tom? Did your grandfather tell you anything else, Joe energetically asked wanting to know more about Tom’s visit to heaven? And your back here, what happened? Well Grandpa and I talked about a lot of things. He told me how happy he was and how great he felt. He kept tell me, you won’t believe what all is here. You are going to love it. I told him I was sorry for giving him such a hard time about God. He just told me he was happy that I figured it out and that no one worries about things from the past up there. He looked at me and said; Tom, I’m as fit as a fiddle. That’s when he introduced me to another one of his friends that had walked up. He told me he was there to let me know it wasn’t my time yet. That I had things I needed to take care of back on earth. I told him I didn’t want to leave but he told me that Ann needed me and that our baby boy needed me also. He told you what? Tom, are you telling me he told you that Ann was going to have a baby – a baby boy? Yes Joe. It was incredible. Grandpa told me he would see me again someday and to tell mom and dad he said hi and that he was doing great. Then the next thing I knew I was back in the operating room looking at myself lying on the table and that’s when I heard someone say – he’s back and I was no longer standing off to the side. I could again feel the pain as they continued to check me over and that is when my lights went out. I don’t remember anything until the singing in my room started. Ann told me what you did and … Tom, this is incredible interrupted Joe. Does Ann know all of this? I told her most of it but not a lot about the rest of my conversation with Grandpa and not too much about the beautiful life we have waiting for us when we leave this crazy world. I am not sure how to explain it. I am still searching for the words to use. Joe, I keep remembering a little more but we need to tell …

Sarah and Ann walked back into Tom’s room and could see the expressions on the faces of Tom and Joe. Ok, I take it you told Joe about what happened to you questioned Ann. Sarah walked towards Joe and smiled as Joe quickly commented; is this what you couldn’t tell me? Yes it is and it took all of me not to spill it before Tom had a chance to talk to you!

34 – Searching for Answers – A Plan Unfolds


Jill and Randy were still with Tom and Ann when Joe and Sarah walked in Tom’s room. Greg and Sandy had left so Greg could go back to work. Sandy had several errands to run so Sandy dropped Greg at his office and told him to call when he wanted to leave.  Ann was still glowing from the morning conversation and proposal from Tom, but he had been sleeping most of time since Sarah had left to call Joe. No one had said a word to Jill and Randy about them getting married let alone about the baby. Ann really wanted Tom to tell them when he was ready. She didn’t want anyone to accidentally let it slip out especially about her pregnancy that she still had mixed emotions about.

Ann patiently sat in the chair next to Tom’s bed waiting for him to wake up again. She knew he was starting to feel better but his body still needed sleep to allow it to heal. Every time he woke up he was more alert in spite of the drugs they still had him on. Ann’s mind was continuously wondering off into a world of her own as she sat there waiting and praying that everything would soon be back to normal. Sometimes she would question herself wondering if she had heard Tom correctly, was he just telling her about a dream he had, something like what Joe talked about when he told them about his dreams. But he was alert and Sarah was here and she heard him. How could he have known if someone hadn’t told him? Why didn’t he tell me about how he had made a decision to accept the fact that Jesus was real, that he opened up to Him, that he had silently prayed that night to accept Him? All he told me was that he wanted to find out if the things Joe had told him are true and that was before we arrived at the church to meet with Dr. Bob. Maybe he was going to tell all of us when we hooked up at the Pub after the meeting? Sarah walked over and put her hand on Ann’s shoulder which shook her out of her thoughts and back into reality. She looked up at Sarah then over at Tom just as Tom’s eyes opened. His smile was enough to tell her he was feeling better. Jill walked over to Tom’s bed, leaned over giving him a kiss on his cheek and told him she really happy he was starting to feel better. After a short conversation with Tom about his aches and pains, wanting to know where he was hurting and what he would like her to get him, she could tell Tom wanted to talk with Ann and she could see the look in Ann’s eyes that told a story that she had a lot on her mind. Maybe we better give these two a little time alone. Randy, I sure could use a cup of coffee. Let’s go down to the cafeteria and see if they have a fresh pot brewing. You and Joe want to join us Sarah? Sure, I could use a coffee as she looked over at Joe.

While Joe, Sarah, Jill and Randy were gone Ann took the time to talk to Tom. He was still a little groggy but feeling a little better he wanted to talk also. How’s your arm doing Tom asked with a concerned look? It’s doing good responded Ann as she lifted it up to show she was not having any pain with it. I’m on the mend but it’s you that needs to heal up. I’m going to be alright. I am just happy you are not hurt real bad. I don’t know what I would do if I lost you, Tom added as his emotions began to build. Ann quickly switched the subject and asking Tom if he meant what he had asked her. You mean to marry me responded Tom with a little bit of a question in his mind. You did answer me didn’t you? Yes I did. And the answer was yes wasn’t it? Yes! I love you Tom and I’m so excited, but what about the baby? Are you really sure we are ready for this? We are still young Tom and this will change our lives a lot. I know Ann. But I am really excited about it. I love you so much and this is going to be great. Getting started right now, maybe we can have eight or nine more Tom add with a snicker. You must be feeling better added Ann as she told him; not a chance! So how do we tell everyone, Ann? I want to tell my mom and dad but I want you with me if you agree. They are going to be so excited. They love you Ann. What about your parents? Well I haven’t given that much thought, but I think my mom knows something is up. I can tell by the way she looks at me. I know they will be very happy also. They think you are a great catch Ann added with a smirk on her face. Well I kind of am don’t you think Tom said as his face took on the same smirk as Ann had on hers. You are feeling better aren’t you Ann replied as she gave him a big kiss. She leaned back and added that maybe we should tell both our parents at the same time. Yes let’s get this planned and…

Just then Sarah and Joe walked back in the room. Did we interrupt you guys? Looks like you are deep in some conversation. We can come back if you would like added Joe. No, you are the guys we need to talk to added Tom. What’s on your minds inquired Sarah. Well we need to tell our parents about us getting married and also about the baby. Tom looked over at Joe adding; I knew you had to know about it Joe. Joe looked at him with a bit of a devilish smile on his face. Yah, Sarah and I have talked a little about it but she also told me you told them some other stuff that you wanted to talk to me about and she wouldn’t tell me anything else. Well right now we need to figure out how to break this news to our parents. You guys have any ideas? Sarah stood thinking for a few seconds then said let me go check with the nurses and see just how much company you can have at one time and I will be right back.

Sarah was gone only a few minutes and returned with a smile on her face. They said as long as you felt strong enough they felt that you could have everyone in the room for ten or fifteen minutes. But that if you felt strained or became overly tired that we would need to leave so you can get some sleep. So it is up to you when you want to tell them. Ok, but how will we tell them inquired Tom. Just tell them how much you love each other and how you have wanted this for a long time. Ok, but I should talk to Ann’s dad first. I think I need to ask him if he will let me marry Ann. A little old fashion I know, but that is what my dad has always told me. Ask for his blessing first. So that’s how you are supposed to do it commented Joe with a big smile on his face before he added; ok, we need to get Ann’s dad here somehow by himself. When do you want to do this Tom? You get it done and I will be ready. You’re going to be my best man aren’t you? Joe energetically replied; wouldn’t have it any other way. After that we will break the news to both sides at the same time about our plans and then tell them about the baby. Ann’s mind took a spin as she heard the word baby. Am I really ready for this she asked herself? Is this the right thing to do? Is Tom really ready? I can’t do this on my own. Maybe I should just… But it is a living person and it is living inside my body right now. A tear ran down her cheek as she stood off to the side of Tom’s bed.

Joe told Sarah he would be back in a few minutes and left Tom’s room and headed back towards his car. He picked up his phone and called Paul who worked in the shop area where Greg was one of the managers. Paul picked up when he seen that it was Joe calling. Hi Joe, what’s happening? Is Tom ok? Yes, he is doing a lot better today but right now I need your help Paul. I can explain a little but I need to get Ann’s dad Greg back down to the hospital. Tom wants to see him but we can’t tell him that. It’s not an emergency but I would like to get him here around lunch. You got any ideas? After a few seconds of silence, Paul said; Greg offered to buy me lunch the other day and maybe I can get him to go out today and I will suggest we swing by the hospital to check in on Tom. I will check and call you back.

Only a few minutes had passed when Joe’s phone rang and it was Paul calling him back. It’s all set. We are leaving around 11:45 and I will ask if we can swing by the hospital first. We should be there around noon. I can call you if anything changes. Sounds great Paul and thanks for the help. I will tell you more latter.

John 1:3 (Creation and Science)

John 1:3 (Creation and Science)


As the pendulum swings, so does ones life. While one was not aware of the moment when their life began, it began all the same. We see the motion of the pendulum and can scientifically find answers to how fast and when it will reach each position of it’s movement, we cannot find when or how it started. While science searches for the begining of time, when this all began, it misses the target that someone had to start it, someone had to build the pendulum, someone was in the begining. A “Think Tank” question: who started the pendulum of life?

THE RIVER WALK

Creation and Science

Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. (John 1:3)

Read: Judges 11:1-12:15, John 1:1-28, Psalm 101:1-8, Proverbs 14:13-14

Relate: About a month back I landed in the airport of a strange land I had never visited except in my prayers. With me I carried three suitcases, the two larger of which could not way over a hundred pounds. (They weighed in at 87). All that was in those suitcases was the sum total of my remaining possessions. Everything else had been sold or given away. Without a doubt, the hardest part of that pairing down process was the elimination of my library. To say I had hundreds of books would be a lie. It was closer to a couple thousand. Roughly half of these were theological in nature and a good chunk of the rest were history or science. I had to…

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