Every January I hear from Juanita. Last year, she wrote and mailed a Thank You card. She thanked us for Christmas presents and thanked God for us.
She signs up for our Christmas party, but doesn’t usually attend.
She has a mental health diagnosis.
Crowds, unknowns, expectations to be social are scary.
She’s better with her day to day sameness.
This week, Juanita called. I answered, “Mental Health America of Aiken…” and I heard.
“This is Juanita. I wanted you to know that when I said my prayers, I thanked God for you and for my Christmas presents.”
I said, “Thank you for calling to tell me that, Juanita and I’m glad you liked your presents.”
” I sure did, she said.”
I imagined her opening her gifts, a housecoat, socks, Dove soap, other essentials.
I remember her wishlist included a pocketbook and I pictured her reorganizing all her things, a lipstick, little notepad, various papers, maybe one of those little coin things you squeeze to open. I smiled as I thought of her getting it “just so” and then setting it down for her chance to go to town.
Juanita is a sweet, gentle spirit.
A gracious Southern lady.
We continued our little talk with, ” Miss Lisa, my psychiatrist asked me, “Why do you pray? ” and I told her, Because prayer changes things. Miss Lisa, prayer changes things. Keep on prayin’.”
I answered, “Yes it does, let’s keep on prayin’. Thanks for calling, Juanita.”
“You’re very welcome” she said.
When I pray, you answer me.
You encourage me, giving me the strength I need.
Psalm 138: 3