Please forgive my absence; things have changed for me, for the worse, and writing is much more difficult. I spend a lot of the time kneeling on the floor, having the dry heaves and worse, and my diet, such as I can eat, is now dead-simple white rice with a little salt and pepper and butter.
But I learned something. I finally learned, not too late, the most important thing in life.
No, just kidding. That's #2.
When your body lets you down and you can barely do anything, much less pursue the dreams and hopes that animated your old life, there's still something left.
You can do the very best with what you've got. If you can just wash a few dishes, make them shine. If you can barely manage to take the dog for a walk, do it with intention; be there on the walk, for the dog and yourself.
If you can only watch a DVD (that's me now, most of the time), then really watch it. Don't drift and dream.
What you do doesn't matter at all. It's how you do it that's vital.
If Christianity is true, if Jesus really did take our sins through His Agony, then we're left facing an awesome reality.
Intrinsically, yes, but also for how we live our lives, because that's the arbiter of our identity.
Not what we do. God can do anything better than us. But He can't place intention and care in our hearts. That's our choice.
So, please, live every moment. Even if your life is a predictable routine (the Five Minute Friday prompt), it's still worth living, because...
No matter how trivial it may seem, each moment's a gift from God.
And the way you receive it, and cherish it, that's your gift to God.
Music is from John Fogerty, with the buoyant and delightful Centerfield.
Please pardon my slow response to comments. I do my best, and your comments are really precious to me.
I'm not sure when or if I'll be back. I'm so glad Barbara's stepped in. I'm really not doing well at all.
Thanks to Carol Ashby, Blessed Are The Pure Of Heart is back on Kindle, and will be available in paperback in a few days!
Friends are everything. I couldn't have done it.
Marley update... been moved to a sanctuary, and Bay County will revise their 'dangerous dog' codes.
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.