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One thrilling experience in my life was moving into my apartment from a convalescent hospital-- like coming out of the wilderness. I wrote a poem about it.


Lord, my great wonderful Lord,


Thank You so much for giving me this apartment


Where I can be quiet and meditate about You


Instead of living in the hustle and bustle


Of a noisy convalescent hospital.


For seven long years,


I have been praying for such a place to live,


But you didn't see fit to answer my prayer right away;


And now I see that I wasn't ready for the adventure


Until Your Perfect Timing seven years later.


You started the plan rolling


When a brother from church


Suggested that I ask one of his friends


Who was also looking for a place to stay.


I asked his friend, Jeff,


About living with me plus being my night-time attendant.


Three days later,


He gave me his answer;


A simple "Yes,"


Whenever I got a little nervous


About if he knew what he was getting into,


He put his hand on my shoulder and looked me in the eyes


And said, "I prayed about it; I'm committed to you."


Poor Jeff got drilled by the agency


Who was helping me with independent-living skills


And again by the owner of this apartment


About his sincerity in wanting to help me like this,


But he remained faithful to me;


He could have walked out and found another roommate


Who was able bodied


Which would have been much easier.


Finding the right apartment


Was a major undertaking;


Not only it had to fit into my very low budget


But it had to be accessible to my wheelchair


In addition to being a certain area for transportation;


Again Jeff could have said forget it


And sought a able-bodied roommate.


Thank You, Father,


For giving him like Yours


That is full of compassion and love!


Strengthen him when he has hard times.


Oh, how I love this apartment


And all of those who are involved--


Jeff, Eddie's parents, my attendants, the relief people,


My social worker and the apartment manager!


And how I love the peace and quiet


As well as the freedoms that I have


Like to have dinner late

Tnksgiving for My Apartment

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