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Waves of Faith

When I was a girl one of my best friends was a girl named Lisa. We’d often sit together and call each other after school to talk. We met in seventh grade and had a lot of the same classes. Sometimes I would look at her and wonder about how she did everything. Her mother had taken thalidomide before Lisa was born and Lisa was born with most of her left arm missing. She had a prosthetic with a hook on the end and she was really good at using it. In gym she took the straps off and played sports with only one hand but she was a strong swimmer and took ballet, too. Lisa was out-going, and a joiner who never missed much. Even at the time I sensed that her family really believed in Lisa and it was pretty clear she believed in herself. I remember how excited she was in seventh grade when she got a new prosthetic with a skin-colored plastic hand. She would lay her new hand on the desk and suddenly her artificial limb wasn’t the first thing people saw about her. She did not have to tell me; I could see she was so pleased about this.  I thought of Lisa when I read the article in the health section of the Thursday’s Cape Cod Times. It talked about the issues kids face when they need artificial limbs and how children need new prosthetics as their bodies grow and change. These days, they are making prosthetics that kids can get excited about. Some look like Anna and Elsa’s hands; others look like the glove of Iron Man. Prosthetics that are fun take some of the stigma away from having been born without all your limbs.  The article also mentioned how important it is for children to find mentors and summer camps now pair children with adult mentors who live with artificial limbs. Lots of campers grow in confidence over the course of the summer season when they live with other children and adults just like them.  Several years ago, when I went back to my high school reunion I discovered that Lisa was a pediatrician in Michigan. She has continued to build a full and  rewarding life. And I imagine that she has served as an inspiring role model for lots of children that she meets in her professional and personal life.  The link for the CC Times article is here. It's a good read. https://www.capecodtimes.com/news/20200227/growing-with-them Blessings on your journey, this week. Rev. Susan Adult Education Classes in Lent Don’t miss  Doug Wheeler’s new adult education class that starts on Sunday. It is called “Reading the Bible Again, for the First Time”  and it is based on Marcus Borg’s book by the same title. Doug’s classes are always fascinating and he is a great teacher, so check it out in the Conference Room at 10 a.m. on Sundays March 1, 8, 15, & 22.  Being Mortal  - Class taught by Rev. Ed Farrell-Starbuck and Rev. Peggy O’Connor. Based on the best-seller by Atul Gawande, Ed has taught this class in other churches and had a great response. Peggy  has been attending community meetings about how to help people make informed decisions at the end of life. They look forward to teaming up to teach this class. Also in the Conference Room on Sundays at 10 a.m., the class starts March 29 and runs through April, but won’t be held on Easter.  Susan Cartmell susan.cartmell@comcast.net

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