On Wednesday October 16th, one of my most beloved and treasured friend’s daughter , Sparrow Song Mathis underwent her third and final open heart surgery. Sparrow is three years old, fiercely in love with all things kitty and has the sweet and spicy sass that we all wish we had. She is a winner and a fighter, A DAUGHTER, my friend’s daughter. There are no words that can adequately describe the currents that my heart treaded and got tossed through as I watched people that I love WAIT….wait to hear the words that their beloved daughter was well. Alive. Perspective comes through our experiences more often than not, and that day I gained a new perspective. I watched with my heart as family and friends made their way into the arms of Sparrow’s parents and lives. I watched as cups of coffee and a stroke on the back translated into living, tangible love. I watched as laughter invaded as an avenue of grace for a moments stroll. I watched as tears and gasps of relief radiated through time and space, with all of the power of hope and life that a moment could hold. Love moves, lives and breathes. Love will cry, laugh and wait with you. Sparrow Song forever reshaped my heart that day……she gave me the opportunity to behold something that is not commonplace. Tangible. Visible. Love. This is perhaps one of the most humbling experience of my life… being invited into the unknown, welcomed with no certainty of the outcome…wanted in the vulnerability. It gave me hope that the heart core desire for relationship and intimacy is vital. It is essential. It is love. It is possible. I will never forget the vulnerability and transparency that I encountered that day..the leaning. I want to be someone that can be leaned on, I also want to learn to lean.
“LEANING” from the album Country Dog.City Boy ~ by Tom Conlon
“I’ve been leaning on my friends like the arms of Jesus, how they hold me up
Well, I’ve been leaning on my friends like the arms of Jesus, how they hold me up
I forced my feet into water constellations burning out above me
I nearly drowned in a sea of trouble until I felt the hand of ones who really love me
Well, it’s been nearly a year that I’ve been leaning, leaning hard, I did not have to tell them that I was weak
Because I can barely understand my condition and so rarely I even try to speak
they gave me time, they gave me kindness, they gave me a room upstairs so that I could lay low
Funny, how I prayed in the darkness to Jesus and I saw Him everyday in these faces that I know” – Tom Conlon
* Sparrow is currently out of the ICU and in a recovery room. Today she is off of oxygen completely, however she is struggling when she exerts herself. The procedure that Sparrow underwent was The Fontan, as of today it is confirmed that there is a fold or slight obstruction in her Fontan. Sparrow is scheduled for a cath lab in four weeks to determine what the needed course of action will be. Please pray for Sparrow and her parents. Pray for no more surgery. Pray that the Fontan will correct itself and that she will have no further complications because of it. Pray for Grace. Peace. Strength
* To follow along side Sparrow’s recovery and progress go follow Jessie Mathis at Somestuffaboutstuff.com
Thank you my dear friends for letting me taste love and life with you .. you are CHAMPIONS to my heart.