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My very dear friends,

Paula got a job. Surprisingly, not as a Barrel Racer. But her first shift did remind me of the unknown hunter Robert Bly’s intro to the old tale of “Iron Hans.”

As the story starts, we find out that something strange has been happening in a remote area of the forest near the king’s castle. When hunters go into this area, they disappear and never come back. Twenty others go after the first group and do not come back. In time, people begin to get the feeling that there’s something weird in that part of the forest, and they “don’t go there anymore.”

One day an unknown hunter shows up at the castle and says, “What can I do? Anything dangerous to do around here?”

The King says: “Well, I could mention the forest, but there’s a problem. The people who go out there don’t come back. The return rate is not good.”

“That’s just the sort of thing I like,” the young man says. So he goes into the forest and, interestingly, he goes there alone, taking only his dog. The young man and his dog wander about in the forest and they go past a pond. Suddenly a hand reaches up from the water, grabs the dog, and pulls it down.

The young man doesn’t respond by becoming hysterical. He merely says, “This must be the place.”

In answer to our prayers, God provided Paula a position as a caregiver with Senior Helpers. Saturday at 5:00 PM she showed up at St. Joseph’s Hospital for her first assignment, a 90-year-old woman with dementia and a broken femur. When Paula walked into the room, two nurses were changing the woman.

I imagine that what went through Paula’s mind was, This must be the place. What she said to the nurses was, “This is my first night and I’m here to learn. How can I help?”

When Paula came home that night and I asked her how it was, she said, “I think I was made for this.”


She’s off to the races now, scheduled for five 11-hour shifts this week. She’ll probably have a few second thoughts along the way, but I know she’s right: she was made for this. There should be a picture of her in the dictionary when you look up “caregiver.”

But I write to give glory to God and to thank you for your prayers. I thought of you when I read 2 Corinthians 1 the other day, especially verse 11: “You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.” You do help us by your prayers. Thank you.

And now may God help you, through our prayers and the prayers of many, so that many will give thanks to God for his blessings to you.

Kris (for Paula)
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