Notes from Jan

Life’s Unfinished Business

August 9, 2018


The leg with new knee, swollen with angry red ankle cried, “not normal” to Scott at PT, so on his word, plus my concerns, I headed to the doctor two days ago.

After a series of delays and  lunch with friends to celebrate Dick’s birthday, I drove to Beverly Hospital for an ultrasound.  Hearing the nurse say, “stat and clot” when scheduling, upped the ante.

Before heading to the hospital I called Heather and Chad, then packed a few things in my oversized purse, just in case I had to stay overnight:

New Testament

a romance novel (I like happily ever after.)


toothbrush and paste


face cream (anti-aging!)

phone with cord

change of underwear



pens in various colors of ink

and funeral notes!

My kids have been after me to help them out with some ideas.

I have a few but most don’t relate to funerals.

Valet parked at hospital and learned, “stat”  works.  Rushed to radiology like a celebrity, with potential clots.

Nothing like hearing blood gurgling through veins while the ultrasound technicians use their skills, then learning, “No clots!”

I was free to head home, watch the Red Sox win another game and add the funeral notes to my stack of unfinished business.

Today, I reread a prayer by Eugene Peterson in Harold Myra’s One Year Book of Encouragement (June 10th entry).

“God of all beginnings and all endings, I bring all my  unfinished business to you——everything that I started and couldn’t finish, all that I began but lost interest in, all that I began in hope and quit in despair.  Make finished work of it all, by your grace. Amen.”

A good prayer at a funeral.


I’ll add that to their notes.

By your Grace,

this day, Sweet Jesus.

Thank you.





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  • Reply Myrna August 9, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    PTL… so relieved you’re “clot free!

  • Reply Mrs. Linda moore August 9, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    Whew! Good news like that is always welcome!

  • Reply Randall K. Mathews August 9, 2018 at 7:52 pm


    What wonderful news. Nothing like positive medical news to bring joy and relief to one’s heart and soul! May God continue to bring healing to that knee! Glad for the good news about our Red Sox. Here, it is all Cubbies.

  • Reply Russ Bishop August 9, 2018 at 11:20 pm

    Which won; The NT or the romance novel?

  • Reply Sue Andringa August 10, 2018 at 12:06 am

    So grateful you did not have a clot! I just went through that too and all is well. Praise God from two of us!

  • Reply Dale Lefever August 10, 2018 at 12:11 am

    Thanks Jan,

    Sorry to hear about your slow recovery, but, perhaps, the Lord is working to delay your training for the Boston Marathon. In this way, you will have more to time to bless us with your blogs.

    Blessings, Dale

  • Reply Jeri August 10, 2018 at 1:10 am

    An inward *gasp* and an “ Oh No!” But grateful for the ending of this tale, Jan. May our merciful Father continue His watchcare over you!

  • Reply Larry Russ August 10, 2018 at 3:07 am

    Praise God and go Red Socks! Thanks for the Peterson prayer, Jan. We all need it.

  • Reply Pat Boyd August 10, 2018 at 11:57 am

    So glad you are clot-free, Jan. I, too, loved the Peterson prayer. I surely hope that God is a knitter; because many of my unfinished businesses are knitting projects!

  • Reply Evelyn MorganI' August 10, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    Been there – done that! Knee still giving grief after 5 years – thinking it will never be normal. Right now, recovering from SCS implant. Week 5 of 6 weeks predicted healing before I can stretch, bend, lift 5# or wet bath. After therapy, claims are that I will be pain free (God willing). Meanwhile, we remain positive and serve where we can. Keep trusting and remain sweet. LUV!

  • Reply Deb White August 10, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    I just love your contented trust in our Lord through all of the ups and downs of this life.
    What sweet hope we have in Him.
    May the Lord continue to bless you!

  • Reply Wendy Lane August 15, 2018 at 1:15 am

    Ah I missed this email until just now – goodness – this kind of adventure you can do without! Hopefully it will be all good news for that stinkin’ knee from here on out! That is a beautiful prayer by Eugene Peterson. Upon your excellent recommendation I bought Harold Myra’s book a little while ago. Steve and I are reading and praying through it together. Slowly, but surely. It’s very rich, deep and meaningful. Thank you for introducing it to us. It truly is encouraging and inspiring! Love and prayers to you dear Jan!

  • Reply Sharon Eaton August 16, 2018 at 7:16 pm

    Dear Jan, I too am way behind on email but so glad to learn your health scare was just a scary
    Incident & you are okay!! We are praying your knee issues get resolved soon!
    I too appreciate your recommendation of the One Year Book of Encouragement & plan to order it right away! I am so thankful for your wise, honest & encouraging blog that reminds us all that He is in control & loving us!❤️

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