But first, would you like to meet Barbara? She's the featured employee in her company newsletter, and you can read about her, in her own words, here.
The word this week is JOURNEY. Kate was gracious enough to let me know a bit ahead of time (I am writing on Thursday afternoon, Nov. 3); I doubt I will be well enough to do more than post tonight, but I will try.
So here goes...
Talk about a bad trip.
My career is gone, and my body's gone spastic from pain. Most of the time I move, and talk, like I have cerebral palsy. And Barb lately let me know that the doctor told her that my pain level, on a consistent basis, is equivalent to childbirth. I have assisted at births - but I did not know this.
And the past few months have been an avalanche of bad stuff, culminating in the news that it's going to take another year - at least - to get Social Security Disability. If I do. (I'm 3-1/2 years into the process.)
The other day I heard a TV preacher (who shall remain nameless, because I think he's an idiot) ranting about how with enough faith we can handle serpents and cast out demons and heal ourselves.
Sure, it's all in the Bible. But it's taken out of context, and applied to an audience that, frankly, he's trying to prime to give him money.
It's not real to me. No way.
The real strength for my journey does not come from Scripture cherry-picked for a feel-good and Hallelujah! response. It comes from the Passion of the Christ.
My pain is a duty; the words I can leave with you, to whatever benefit they leave, are its fulfillment.
In the Garden, Jesus accepted His duty, and in that acceptance, that pivotal moment, we all found Grace.
Duty carries grace in its hands.
That's why I'll keep going. That's why I won't quit.
Though I will need frequent bathroom breaks. As I said before, incontinence sucks.
Much to my surprise, I decided to participate in a '31 Days' blogging exercise; rather than interrupt the flow of this post, I have another blog established, "Starting The Day With Grace". The focus is a grace quote from someone you might not expect (like, say Ariel Sharon) and a short commentary.
And now that October's over...I'm going to keep it going. I hope you'll join me.
Marley update...he's probably going to be moved to a sanctuary, and Bay County will revise their 'dangerous dog' codes.
WE ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE!
He's up over 200,000 signatures, but PLEASE keep the pressure on. If you haven't signed, please do! Please click o his name in the paragraph below.
If you have a moment, I'd like to ask you to visit Change.org to consider a petition to free a 'death row dog' who has been separated from his family for ten months over a misunderstanding. Marley was saved from Afghanistan by a US serviceman; please help make sure this story doesn't end in needless tragedy! Marley's gotten a lot of support...but he still needs our help.
If you can, please do leave a comment. I am trying to answer all, and I am failing, but please know this - I read and treasure each one.
Below are my recent releases on Kindle -please excuse their presence in the body of the blog. I haven't the energy to get them up as 'buttons' in the sidebar. You can click on the covers to go to the Amazon links.