Date: 13 Sep 2016 12:40 am Title: Chapter 27 - Bright Hope for Tomorrow
So much love surrounding Hilda and Ellie and such deep faith sending up prayers for healing. Hilda will love to see her butterflies when she finally wakes. Vivien knows just what will bring her peace. A lovely cameo appearance by poor little Abby. Thank you Mary
Date: 12 Sep 2016 9:17 pm Title: Chapter 27 - Bright Hope for Tomorrow
There is nothing like adversity to gather people closer together, members of AMAS included… “Vivien closed her eyes and reflected that here, round Ellie’s bed, was the nucleus of that little family envisaged by Hilda a few nights ago – but Hilda herself would always be the sun round which they all revolved, even when she was in her convent.” – lovely!
I also like the way Helen Graves is so grounded here, her medical knowledge means that she knows how seriously ill Hilda is, yet her faith is no less than that of the others and she is very practically minded and still has hope (there is always hope!) And one of my favourite hymns. Thank you, Mary.
Date: 12 Sep 2016 8:26 pm Title: Chapter 27 - Bright Hope for Tomorrow
Ellie is really learning about physicl pain as well as reliving mental pain which she is no stranger too. It is good to see the gathering of the famliy around Hilda and Ellie and their depth of trust and faith in God, such a contrast to Kathie and Nancy's seeking and questionning.
AMAS is certainly growing providing support for its members.
Date: 12 Sep 2016 7:04 pm Title: Chapter 27 - Bright Hope for Tomorrow
Wow, Vivien really does think of everything and everyone, doesn't she? I'm glad she is now at the San to share the vigil with Matey, at least for the next few hours and to provide some diversion for Ellie once the girl wakes again. I'd forgotten what a strong plea she made to Matey on Kathie's behalf there, doing her best to defuse the older woman's smouldering anger against Kathie, and succeeding rather well overall.
Nothing, though, can allay their concern over Hilda's worsening condition, a concern which Ian, Helen and Jack all share, although Jack is leaving no stone unturned in his quest to find something to "hit" the infection and reduced her fever. The cream he has had the pharmacy make up for him will certainly soothe, as will the unspoken prayers with which he administers it, and the fervent prayers of all who love Hilda, both on the Platz and at the convent, as well as the butterfly mobile when she sees it. As for that lovely cat mobile for Ellie - yet another expression of the growing love between Vivien and this young girl who has known so much sorrow in her life and apart from her own hurt, is now in anguish lest her beloved guardian should die.
I love the 'drawing together' of all these souls into this special family "with Ellie herself and Hilda joined together as its beating heart." Surely God must spare Hilda for this? I know it looks grim just now, but.... Meantime, Vivien will do all she can to help Ellie; Ian, too, adds his mite by loaning that special lap blanket to keep the girl warm.
Thank you, Mary
Date: 12 Sep 2016 6:37 pm Title: Chapter 27 - Bright Hope for Tomorrow
How hard it must be for Vivien to try to help Gwynneth see that this is not all Kathie's fault when she herself is still cursing Kathie for all she's done. Yet maybe Jack was right, had Kathie NOT gone so far maybe Hilda would have struggled on until ti was too late for treatment. Hilda's in the best possible care and will surely recover with so many people needing and loving her.
The mobiles are an inspiration, the butterflies will undoubtedly make Hilda smile when she wakes up and the cats have given Ellie something new to focus on even if just for a moment.
Poor Helen, her love for Hilda is no less than others yet she is still going on with working, looking after Hilda and trying to add strength to the rest of them. Her place in AMAS as well as within that close group of people is well deserved.
The amount of love and compassion inside that room would have Hilda cured in seconds if love were all that were needed. If only it could be bottled and used to treat all ills the world would be a happier place.