Judson's Legacy

Still Need Tending


Saturday evening the three of us took a little outing to the local pumpkin patch with Drake’s sister, Danielle, and her family.  The kids had an especially fun evening playing in the bounce houses, riding tractors, and feeding animals in the petting zoo.  Before heading home we took advantage of the opportunity for some festive fall photos.  After the last picture of the evening had been snapped (see above), I jumped up on the hay bale to help Jessie down from her straw perch.  As I stepped off the bundled hay with Jessie Girl in my arms, my toe nail** snagged on a pumpkin and was completely torn away from my big toe…I will avoid the gory details except to mention that I was sidelined for about 30 minutes trying to keep from passing out.


What amazed me the next morning, after my wound had been cleaned up, is that it didn’t look injured.  The incredibly intense pain, my throbbing wound, this injury causing me to limp, was not even remotely visible.  Although the damaged nail may not have been apparent to anyone else, it still needed attention—washing, bandaging, coddling.

Similarly, so many pains in life, especially grief-related, are invisible…

But they still need tending to.


**It should be noted that I had just cut my toe nails that morning but decided to keep the nails on my big toes a little longer because I thought it looked nicer…oh, the consequences of vanity!!  🙂 


6 Responses to "Still Need Tending"

  1. Rebekah says:

    OUCH!!! I would have fainted on the spot. 😉

    An especially good analogy, though…

  2. Robyn says:

    Double ouch! You are right, though; sometimes the wounds that are not readily visible need tender, loving care and attention. You are always in our prayers!

  3. Marilyn says:

    WOW! What P A I N 🙁 really continuing to look that much better that FAST!???
    PLEASE keep us updated! BTW…cute sandals 🙂 !!!

  4. Christina Levasheff says:

    Actually, the truth is that the outward signs of the injury had simply not shown up yet. It is incredibly inflamed, red, bruised, and swollen now — I can hardly walk on it. Pretty darn painful, but this too shall pass!!!

    Thanks for the concern!!

  5. aunt sue says:

    Ouch Christy! That must have hurt! Sometimes pain comes when we least expect it . . . Take care, love aunt sue

    Jessie looks so cute! 🙂

  6. Michal says:


    Ouch!! YOU HAVE BEAUTIFUL FEET! The toe injury did NOT happen because you are VAIN! It’s often advised that one cuts toenails like you did with straight edges and so on. Your feet are very cute by the way!

    Your FEET bring the gospel to others. The Good News is Jesus and He is every piece of the Ephesians 6 armor. Romans 6:15 "Your desire to tell the good news about peace should be like shoes on your feet."

    Isaiah 52:7
    How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, "Your God reigns!"

    Romans 10:15
    And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!"

    Go forth in the peace of the Lord. You are a wounded healer (Henri Nouwen)…and your wounded feet bring GOOD NEWS to others!!

    In His love, Michal (immichal AT yahoo)

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