As I lay abed, unsleeping, I was suddenly gripped by a pain that was both crushing and tearing, across my upper abdomen at the bottom of the ribcage. I could feel breath and life departing, and I floated out of my body; I could see myself, contorted and still.
But the pain remained, a fiery thread, stronger than steel, connecting me to this life, and I fought harder than I have ever fought to regain that failing and broken body.
It was an incredibly harsh experience, and the pain is still with me. Morphine would be nice.
I knew that Heaven with its promise of peace and infinite vistas of possibility lay behind me, but I dared not look, because if I looked I would surely go.
And it wasn't time to go.
I returned to my body, and to the worst chills I have ever experienced, malarial in quality but far, far worse, and to eerie hallucinations as I fought to stay conscious.
Yeah, a long night.
When I rose in the pink dawn, I was put in mind of some couplets from Flecker's poem, The Gates Of Damascus:
I can't find a way to frame 'takeaways', but there is something strong, a colouration to the day, if you will.
And this is that there was a sort of consummation, an understanding on coming out to life again that the dreams given us by God are never to be lightly put aside; that they stay in our faithful hearts though in their specifics they may seem trivial when set against a calamitous world does not obviate the Almighty using them for a higher purpose.
We are here for a reason.
And that, for the moment, is all.
The only appropriate music is Soundgarden's Live To Rise, because I did.
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Thanks to Carol Ashby, Blessed Are The Pure Of Heart is back on Kindle, and will be available in paperback soon.
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Marley update... been moved to a sanctuary, and Bay County will revise their 'dangerous dog' codes.
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