Yes, those are the words of Jeff Belcher, tennis instructor and father, who as a result of Grave’s disease, since this past March has suffered with three stomach surgeries and thyroid removed, three months in a coma, and amputation of both hands and his right leg from the knee down and part of the left foot, as reported today in our Hudson Hub-Times.
Belcher and his wife met on the tennis court. Now what this ex- tennis instructor will do is uncertain. His wife of 14 years, Laura is quoted as saying, “For four mouths women and St. Mary Church has provided our meals.” And she added, “God has provided the rays of sunshine to help us through the darkness and provided the miracle workers that helped us through.”
Friends have established a Jeffry M. Belcher Benevolent Fund. For a few months, friends and one’s church can help, but over the long run, the humungous medical bills can’t be borne by a local community. It is the responsibility of those of us who are well, and agencies of government are charged with care for those stricken such as Jeff Belcher. For the Jeff Belcher to continue to say, “God has put me in this position” and his wife Laura to say, “God has provided,” it will require the forethought spelled out by a society that has demanded medical insurance for everyone.
Unfortunately, there are untold millions who can’t say what the Belchers have said. Some have been stricken by famine, flood, and natural disaster; others by war and greed. Most of these millions have followed the faith they have been born into, yet they have not the good fortune to have the even psychological blessings of their beliefs. So those every faith, who read will read with interest the front-page story featuring the incredible spirit of Jeff, are forced to doubt that any God would put someone in the position of Jeff and not care for millions of others.