September 30th was Dad’s birthday. Let me tell you about an extraordinary present he received, valued at more than ten thousand dollars!
A year and a half ago my sister Agneta wrote to her four siblings about a great concern she had. Dad and Mary live upstairs in Agneta and Ola’s house, with no elevator. She was worried about the steep staircase and the difficulties for Dad to get up the stairs. Sometimes he had to stop several times to catch his breath.
What he needed was an elevator chair but the price was beyond our reach. One day Agneta met a man who works with installation of such chairs and he told her to try to get help from the county. Last year when I visited, a social worker came to do an evaluation.
Time went by and no word about the chair, so Dad called. Someone had misplaced the paperwork, so the procedure had to start over again. When all was said and done, and the request approved, the “present” came yesterday, on his birthday!
I think the Lord had it all figured out, to surprise one of his faithful servants!
What a blessing to have a father that can joyfully sit in this kind of “electric chair” and not be sentenced to the other kind because of crime and violence. This chair will give his wife and us kids lots of peace of mind. We don’t have to worry that he will fall down the stairs! Or that he can’t make it up because it’s so tiring. But he has been doing better lately, praise the Lord!
There is a key to go with it. No “key” to remember, with numbers or letters, but a key! It has to be in place or the chair won’t work.
After the ride down, it was time to try a ride up.
Mary was as busy as myself, taking photos. And very, very happy. It had been a long wait for the chair. It had come as the perfect birthday present!
Now it’s time to start the countdown to the next birthday. What surprise will he have then?