Tomorrows sermon is on the subject of being prepared for being prepared, during the pre advent month. .. I had let my mind play with this for a little while and I suddenly remembered a time when I had been prepared to be prepared, but I was in hospital.
My daughter was born very quickly and I went into clinical shock afterwards..
I recovered fairly quickly and just enjoyed the new baby until a doctor realised that I had no reflex in one eye..In sunlight I had odd eyes.They moved fast. Within the week I was in the Manchester hospital that deals with brain tumours!
Tests, more tests and finally the moment when I was to have no breakfast they were going to have a look to see what was happening! I was not a happy woman!
Lying back and trying to think of England I coped with all the visitors coming in and out....they were preparing me.
Finally there was a large influx of young doctors, all wielding opthalmoscopes. All peering into my eyes eagerly.
The consultant arrived at the same time......"It could be worse dear" he said happily. "There are much worse places they could be looking in."
That made us all laugh.
It was all good in the end..... .they found evidence that I had a brain....and indeed that I was unique . It was likely a small stroke that had caused the problem...but no one else had ever presented such symptoms!
Looking back I marvel and am aware of much praying going on around me in the lead up to surgery.
I still have no reflex in the eye... and the only thing effect is that I do wear sunglasses most of the time.
So my experience of being prepared was a positive one....and I hope for the same for us all in this lead up to Advent.