Being Whole with Missing Parts

I saw a story on CBS Sunday Morning this past weekend about wounded warriors playing music, lead by Roger Waters of Pink Floyd.
One of these hero warriors lost a hand and both legs in Afghanistan.  He told the story of how when his world was crashing down around him, he heard God’s voice ask “do you still trust me?”  In that moment, that brave soldier trusted. The result, despite the loss of limbs, he said he’s never felt more whole in his life.
His words and his attitude touched me and inspired me in a profound way. 
That statement brought me to tears as I watched the video of this young man singing “Hallelujah”, backed up by a band of other hero soldiers, including a drummer who had lost both legs and an arm, and could still play a mean set of drums.
In a very tiny, tiny way, I can relate. Having a double mastectomy due to breast cancer hasn’t made me less of a person…or less of a woman. (Of course I have the most amazing husband, who encourages and supports me with his unconditional love.)
I can relate to that soldier because in some ways I’ve never felt more whole.  God uses the tragedies and tough times in our lives to lead us to something good. God saved my life, and saved the lives of these soldiers for a purpose.
I have such gratitude for my life, and pray to fulfill the purpose of God’s will.
So, despite what we all think is missing in our lives, whether physical or emotional, maybe we need to take a moment to be grateful for all we do have….and not focus on what’s missing.  
I guess we need to ask ourselves “do we trust God?”
Thoughts to ponder as we head into the season of thanks.
If you’re interested, here’s the link to the uplifting and inspiring story on CBS Sunday Morning:  http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-3445_162-57611639/band-of-brothers/
It’s worth your time to watch.

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