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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Hold Until Relieved (Five Minute Friday)

And once again, Five Minute Friday written on a borrowed Smart Phone...please excuse the lack of a link back..just getting the post up, yeah, I'm happy.

The word is RELIEF.


Things have narrowed a bit for me...the artifacts of terminal illness have made some of the most mundane parts of life frankly unattainable.

Well, such is life (as the Australian highwayman Ned Kelly said just before he was hanged).

The meaning of it all is that a threatened life is still a life, we are still gifted with values and duties and dreams.

We are meant to hold to these, I think, and to stay in the fight without looking for relief.

This life. The way we live it, day on day, is our legacy.

We can choose to turn inward, bemoan our lot, declare ourselves broken and lost.

Or we can fight to the last bullet, the last rock, the last bloodied fingernail.

And this we shall maintain, in the Spartan strength given us by the Almighty.

Go tell the Spartans, stranger passing by, that here, obedient to their laws we lie.

We choose to hold until relieved.


Please be patient with my slow response to comments of late; the combination of illness and a really baroque way of getting online is quite the challenge.

But I will get to them!


  1. WOW, you are an incredible writer. You created this picture for me as I was reading. I was trying to find your about me section because I wanted to know a little more about who you are. I'm new to #fmfparty and grateful to be a part. I'm so sorry you are ill. I would love to pray for you. I will go and read some of your other posts to help learn too. God bless you Andrew.

  2. Andrew, such powerful words. This is very beautifully written. Continuing to pray for you.

  3. Beautiful, Andrew......(had to laugh at your 'Baroque' comment....imagining Queen Anne on her smartphone, bemoaning the lack of signal, cutting off a few heads in annoyance).....wishing you strength...in all the ways you need it. Helen xx

  4. Yep, we're living our legacies, one breath, one word, one minute at a time.

    Keep breathing, man. Keep breathing.

  5. Andrew, you are amazing - you keep on "keeping on"; you cling to what you have so preciously and you bring strength and perseverence to all of us! Thank you for sharing, in whatever way you can at this point, via whatever "Baroque" or otherwise communication tools you can!! Good to see you are still connecting; and will continue to remember you in my prayers - always!

  6. You are really an inspiration. Your legacy is great. Thank you for keep on and encouraging all of us to do the same.