And then he spoke.
He said, "Coca-cola"
Because that's what the speech therapist told him to say.
And I cried.
I wanted to weep.
Instead tears ran down my cheeks.
He spoke. Emotion erupted from my eyes. I didn't know how much I had been longing for him to speak again. Until those tears came streaming down.
Proverbs 13:12 says:
"Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life."
Silent tears giving testimony to a longing fulfilled. May he -- my father-in-law -- who is still in the hospital battling to clear his lungs speak ever, clearer and clearer.
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Have you been startled by the intensity of a longing fulfilled?