Thought for the Week

Argyllshire Advertiser - - DISTRICT NEWS - with Mar­i­lyn Shed­den

This ‘Thought’ is unashamedly for a very spe­cial per­son.

I know that through­out our com­mu­nity peo­ple are pray­ing for Catri­ona Hood.

Catri­ona be­came se­ri­ously ill just over a week ago, and as I write this, her life hangs in the bal­ance.

We have sat daily by her bed­side in in­ten­sive care at the Queen El­iz­a­beth Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal in Glas­gow and watched through the tears as Catri­ona has strug­gled with so many prob­lems.

Un­able to speak be­cause of tubes and wires ev­ery­where, Catri­ona com­mu­ni­cates with that won­der­ful smile.

De­spite the dif­fi­cul­ties as she strug­gles, Catri­ona re­mains her usual gen­tle self.

Prayers sur­round her from all who love her and as we re­lay the names, she smiles that lovely smile.

The wait­ing time is sur­real and our hearts go out to her sis­ter and fam­ily as they wait and watch and weep too.

The care is won­der­ful as nurses give us com­fort and we feel our dear friend is in safe hands.

Yet where is Catri­ona in this world of un­cer­tainty? Her faith is strong and res­o­lute even in the shad­ows.

It is strange to come from the beauty and peace of Ar­gyll to the mad­ness of the city with all its busy­ness.

Of course there is care and con­cern there too, but there is some­thing spe­cial about a small com­mu­nity ‘coory­ing’ in to­gether for one of their own.

I hope and pray that as you read this, Catri­ona has turned the cor­ner on that bumpy road to re­cov­ery. There are not many peo­ple who make such an im­pact in their life and their love for oth­ers as Catri­ona does.

She touches ev­ery­one she meets in a very spe­cial way and leaves a mem­ory to trea­sure.

May God bless us by restor­ing our friend to health.

We are greatly blessed in our lit­tle com­mu­ni­ties as we feel our iden­tity and know that we mat­ter to God and to each other.

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