Well, I don't have a camera, but maybe I can contribute by painting a kind of word-picture on terminal illness and caregiving during the Advent season. Worth a try, anyway.
So, today's word is home.
Cancer (or an terminal illness) is a homewrecker. It reduces horizons, shreds dreams, takes away energy, and batters faith.
We react with anger...but being angry at illness is futile, and being angry with God is silly...ater all, look what happened to His Son.
So we turn on each other, and all too often take out our frustrations on the ones - patient and caregiver - who deserve the most compassion.
We do this because of unmet expectations, dashed hopes, and the absolutely crushing disappointment of a future lost.
Our home was our castle, our safe place for a bright future, and it' falling apart.
Perhaps we should look to Mary and Joseph for help with this.
They were travelers, far from home, when their baby was born. And thaey had to make a manger, for those hours, their home.
It wasn't much; it certainly wasn't what they wanted at the time. But it was theirs, for those hours.
Home isn't a building, or even a family.
It's where you are.
Music from Johnny Mathis, with the appropriately-titled I'm Coming Home.
Please pardon my slow response to comments. I'm doing my best, and your comments are really precious to me.
I'm really not doing well at all.
Still hoping to get the new and improved version of Blessed Are The Pure Of Heart up and running in the near future. Just haven't had the energy to do it yet...but if you would like to read it, please say so in your comment and I'd be glad to send you a PDF (which should fit your Kindle).
Marley update... been moved to a sanctuary, and Bay County will revise their 'dangerous dog' codes.
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