My perspective as the wound care nurse with OMNI in Zambia is different. I am always looking down at feet and by doing so bring incredibly lifted up.

OMNI Reverie

Squatting in the dust

the pose I must

take

to make

my way through, this dark forest.

The wounds I tend,

skin I try to mend,

on all the limbs

of hers and hims.

Catching only glimpses of the faces.

my task’s in other places.

It’s the feet I know so well.

The stories the toes can tell.

Ceaseless work since he was born

turned this farmer’s soles to horn.

Scrawny, birdlike children’s feet,

so spare of flesh,

so little to eat.

The blazing joy

in this boy

as I put

his bandaged foot

in its first shoe.

Who knew

the good we could do?

Soak and clean

coating legs with Vaseline

under African sun.

My kind of fun.

The heart sings.

What pleasure service brings.

Axe wounds and ulcers,

scrapes and burns obscene,

these are the feet I tend and clean.

And with each wound I bind,

I find,

and do amaze,

that healing flows both ways.

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G.M. Harrington 2009

13 Responses to “Gil Harrington's thoughts from April 7th, 2010”

  1. tammy says:

    wow gil!….not only did GOD give you a gift in helping others to physically heal, but also a gift for writing. What beauty in those words you wrote. I envy you in being able to help those in need. I too am a nurse, but sometimes forget that its not just a job. In reading this i am reminded. Thank you

  2. Cherie says:

    Gil,
    Your words are beautiful, and what you are doing for
    the African people is a beautiful expression of love, kindness
    and caring. It reminds me of Jesus washing the feet of others.
    Love and prayers,
    Cherie

  3. Linda says:

    Absolutely beautiful Mrs. Harrington. I read every post but had to comment on this one. I hope the healing continues to flow your way. Your words are so important.

  4. thc says:

    I have followed your sad journey since the beginning and constantly pray for answers and healing for you and your family. That by far was your most beautiful posting. May you be blessed by giving service to others during your period of profound grief. God Bless.

  5. Anna says:

    I am amazed and inspired by your strength and perseverance.

  6. Dr Ed says:

    The King will reply, “I tell you the truth (Gil), whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”
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    Matthew 25:40
    New International Version (1984)

  7. Mary Yousaf says:

    Gil,

    As always your strength and ability to open up and bare your thoughts and feelings both amazes and lifts my spirits. You and your family have been through such horror and unbelievable tragedy with the murder of Morgan. I fear I would simply retreat into a ball on the floor of a closet and try to die in my grief.

    It is so inspiring how you manage to refuse to give in, to give up, and to be so very open in the rawness of your heartbreak. I am certain you are doing much, much good in a land where the people tend to have so little, with such great needs. As a nurse myself, I have seen first hand the extreme need in Africa.

    That you can move past your grief and care for others is wonderful. I feel Morgan knows and is proud of how you, Dan and Alex continue to strive to not only have her killer caught and punished but also to do much good in her name, that her spirit may carry on what she can no longer do in physical form.

    When my sister died, my mother found great comfort in the following poem. I hope by sharing it with you, it may also bring some shred of comfort to you.

    Recovery:

    The time must come
    When all things black
    Give in to tones of gray;
    When piercing darkness
    Of the night
    Breaks with light of day.
    It will not happen quickly,
    As a wave upon the shore:
    Flowing forth, then receding
    Gone forevermore.
    But rather, fading slowly
    As a mountain turns to plain,
    Washed away to nothingness
    By gentle drops of rain.
    -Elinor M. Carey

    I continue to hold you and your family in my prayers. How I wish I could do more…..

    – Mary

  8. Kelly Rushton says:

    Gil,
    You are a truly beautiful person!

  9. Terry says:

    Gil, I am so thankful for the bit of peace and healing you have found in serving others. I pray for continued safety in your travels and healing in your heart. Thank you for selflessly giving of yourself this way. May God bless you as you journey on.

  10. Terry says:

    Gil, I am so thankful for the bit of peace and healing you have found in serving others. I pray for continued safety in your travels and healing in your heart. Thank you for your selfless giving to others in far away Africa and at home as well. May God bless you as you journey on.

  11. Ann H Tearle says:

    prayers and thoughts go with you, Gil. Love,Ann

  12. Amy says:

    I was so moved by this poem. Bless you for serving others, even in the midst of your own grief. The power of love inside you is strong.

    This passage from the New Testament came to my mind.

    John 13:1-17 (New International Version)

    John 13

    1It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love.
    2The evening meal was being served, and the devil had already prompted Judas Iscariot, son of Simon, to betray Jesus. 3Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.

    6He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”

    7Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”

    8″No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”
    Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”

    9″Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”

    10Jesus answered, “A person who has had a bath needs only to wash his feet; his whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” 11For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean.

    12When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13″You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.

  13. Seth says:

    Gil – what a touching read this morning. I was out last week for Spring Break and I couldn’t wait to get back on your blog. I hope things are going well for you.

    I wish we could bottle up your spirit and courage and spread it among the masses.

    Best wishes to you and yours,

    Seth

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