As Aileen has mentioned it has been so amazing to see how "our" quiet Nathan has become so open and talks so freely now about everything, especially about his faith. Nathan will attest to how through all that has happened his faith has been strengthed. We hear him say most often "I don't deserve this" and when he says this he is not complaining that it's unfair, he's usually saying it in relation to how well things are going, how well he is healing, how God continues to answer his prayers, how people have been supporting them. I always leave feeling this sense of awe at how humble and thankful he continues to be. God has been so merciful in giving him this ability to work with what has been placed before him. I don't want to say this to put Nathan on a pedestal or to make people think he's some amazing person, that is the last thing he would want. I think all that have visited him have gotten the same sense of "awe" as he is a witness to how God gives us strength each day again. Indeed we truly see at work what God says in Lamentations 3: 22, 23 "Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every moring; great is your faithfulness."
I know so many would like to visit and I think it is best to pass on that Nathan LOVES visitors. To be honest he loves them so much he won't tell anyone to leave because he's tired. If you would like to visit please try to keep it short at this time. As adults we can see and "read" if he needs the rest, so please be respectful of this, also keeping in mind that you may not be the first person who stopped by to visit ... or the last ... so to give each an opportunity to visit try to keep your visit short at this time when Nathan still needs a lot of rest. A busy day hopefully means a good rest at night, but at the same time he does need to regain his strength and allow his body to heal so his body needs more rest then normal.
I actually started this post to publish the update that was in Today's Trucking, which is mostly about the Pancake Breakfast. Somehow I got writing about other things (Steph, get sidetrack? how odd:) So I'll copy and paste it here and leave the link if you want to veiw the webpage - click here
Generosity’s no flash-in-the-pan(cake) at Sheehan’s Truck Centre 11/30/2010
BURLINGTON, Ont. -- The folks around Sheehan’s Truck Centre are trying to help their ailing colleague Nathan Diek salvage something from what could otherwise be a lousy Christmas season.
And you can help, if you’re in the ‘hood this Saturday. They’re holding a “Pancake Breakfast with Santa” from 8: 00 to 10:30 a.m. at the Port Nelson United Church.
It’s at 3132 South Drive in Burlington. Tickets are $10 each ($5 for kids) and there are door prizes as well as silent auction prizes.
All proceeds will go to Diek’s family.
Diek, as todaystrucking.com reported recently, is a diesel technician at this Volvo dealer who in early November was hit with nectrotizing fasciitis (flesh-eating disease) and that he had to have his left leg amputated above the knee.
Upon hearing the sad news, his friends and co-workers leapt into help mode. The very first day, Sheehan’s service manager Marc Poland passed the hat at the monthly meeting of the Kitchener Waterloo Automotive Transportation Service Superintendents (ATSSA). That raised a quick $800.
Poland says you certainly don’t have to attend the breakfast to help the Diek’s have a merrier Christmas. You could just donate.
Want to know more? Write Poland at firstname.lastname@example.org.