A recent LL sermonette dealt with fear.
Courage comes in all sizes. The picture is of 10 oz “LexiLou”, a fearless resident of our complex. She fears, as near as I can tell nothing, and easily dominates Banner, my 80 lb lab mix. If she still had teeth, she would be dangerous.
It is her owner that displays a level of courage that astounds me.
K suffered a devastating stroke leaving her right side nearly paralyzed. Her hand is clenched in a fist, seemingly permanently. With a brace on her right leg, she is able to shuffle along.
Every morning she spends over an hour getting dressed, brace on, and shoes. She does this alone, with no help asked for or wanted. She then takes her dog one lap around our building. Our building is a ¼ mile long.
K is always well groomed with clean clothes. A gentle soul, she doesn’t complain and, while she appreciates it when you help her, doesn’t ask for help. She is an inspiration for everyone in this building that isn’t a professional victim (and we have several).
One can only imagine the fear this woman faces and her courage and determination has my sincere admiration.