So blessed....God provides me with all that I need.

I am so fortunate to have a loving and caring wife and a concerned family. All of my family, both close and far away, are there when I need them, in good times and bad. Others are not so fortunate and this week I was once again reminded.

Jean and I are co-coordinators of Families Moving Forward, an organization dedicated to helping the homeless make the transition from homelessness to emergency housing and a path to home stability. We had four families staying at our church's small school building this week and repeatedly we saw God's hands at work.

To hear the laughter of the little children watching an animated film was a song of joy. For a few minutes, these kids could disappear into another world, free from worry. To see two young boys cuddle up against Jean, knowing in my heart that not too often do they have this experience in life. To watch a four year old girl in amazement look through the glass top of a pan seeing how corn pops for the first time in her life. This is what it should look like in home.

What really touched home for us were two other events. To hear a young mother request bibles for her son and daughters and to listen to a young father want a better life for his children provided a reminder of how blessed we are to be a part of God's family.

When this same young man spoke that the tattoos on his body were being removed from his body and the story behind it, our blessings multiplied. He explained to our local police agencies what gang life was like for him. To us he told how this visible reminder of his past life needed to be erased from his skin and from the view of his children, and with the help of the police agencies, this was being done. He is going to barber school and will soon graduate. He is an example of what happens when you are given an opportunity.

In this all, I heard God speak to me again. "Listen. I have given you an opportunity" That opportunity is my life with Parkinson's disease.

It is an opportunity to share how God loves us so. How the disease is just a vehicle in our lives. A platform for us to be compassionate. To be there when that child needs a bit of reassurance, a chance to laugh, a chance to marvel. I'm gonna have days that are rough and hard to handle. But I know how he provides. These families are my reminder that I am...so blessed.

Do to others as you would have them do to you. Luke 6:31