‘Ev­ery Wak­ing Mo­ment’

Book is fic­tion, but is chock full of truths

The Boyertown Area Times - - LOCAL NEWS - Jeff Hall Jeff Hall, of Honey Brook, con­trib­utes col­umns to Berks-Mont News­pa­pers. Ques­tions/com­ments may be di­rected to jef­frey­hall77@com­cast.net

Even though “Ev­ery Wak­ing Mo­ment”, by Chris Fabry, is fic­tion, it is so chock full of truths that can open one’s eyes that this week I will re­view the book and my next col­umn will tell how it greatly im­pacted me.

The premise of the book was for Devin Hil­lis and his friend Jonah, two story col­lec­tors, to ob­tain per­mis­sion from the man­age­ment of Desert Gar­dens of Tuc­son, Ari­zona, as­sisted liv­ing and hospice fa­cil­ity to in­ter­view some of the res­i­dents and pro­duce a doc­u­men­tary.

They were suc­cess­ful in do­ing so but found much more than mun­dane sto­ries about the lives of the el­derly.

Be­fore be­com­ing com­pletely sub­merged in the story, I must ask a ques­tion.

What value should be placed on a 20 year old homely girl who has pointed ears, ever twitch­ing eyes and head move­ment, stares awk­wardly and has fin­gers in mo­tion look­ing like they are typ­ing on an imag­i­nary type­writer?

Not much value right! Even this girl thought she was ugly, fat, no­body liked her, she’s a mis­fit and no­body cared about her.

If you agreed with my state­ment on “value”, you would be wrong!

While I was read­ing this book, some­one brought to my at­ten­tion once again the pas­sage about “One Body, Many Parts” in I Corinthi­ans 12: 12- 31.

This por­tion of Scrip­ture com­pares those who have trusted Christ and make up the church with our own bod­ies.

Each has many parts. Just as our bod­ies are not com­plete with­out eyes, ears, nose, legs, feet, etc., the church body is not com­plete with­out mem­bers who have var­i­ous tal­ents.

We all are im­por­tant. There­fore, there is no rea­son for any­one to feel in­fe­rior or su­pe­rior.

Verse 18 says: “But in fact God has ar­ranged the parts in the body, ev­ery one of them, just as he wanted them to be.”

There are many char­ac­ters in the book who are im­por­tant, but none as im­por­tant as the 20 year old girl de­scribed above, whose name is Treha (pro­nounced Trayah), who sur­pris­ingly be­comes the main char­ac­ter of the book.

There is Miriam Howard, the Di­rec­tor of Desert Gar­dens who has so many won­der­ful qual­i­ties: love, giv­ing, em­pa­thy, for­giv­ing, in­sight.

She is per­fect for her po­si­tion she has held for many years.

She sees abil­i­ties in Treha that no one else does and lets Treha branch out to take ad­van­tage (both for Treha and the fa­cil­ity) of those abil­i­ties.

What value should be placed on a 20-yearold homely girl who has pointed ears, ever twitch­ing eyes and head move­ment ...?

“Ev­ery Wak­ing Mo­ment”

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