but I'm not a flutterin' flighty,
'cause I know there ain't a curse
that can stand agin' the Almighty.
Hope y'all don't mind a recycled blog comment from today's Mundane Faithfulness, a touching piece that Kara Tippetts wrote while in hospice care, called Tears In My Life Cereal.
"There are no tears here, as I am dying, and even as my wife noticed a real "Oh, CRAP" development in me last night. When she pointed it out, in an unsteady voice, my response was, "Whoa!. That SUCKS." "
"It's not a good thing, this hardass flippancy...well, it's good for me, but it's a real bummer for those around me; in a sense, it undermines their basis for compassion..."If HE doesn't really care, why should I?"
"So I think there are maybe special responsibilities incumbent upon the dying, to walk a line between neediness and emotional breakdown, and the kind of hardness that excludes humanity. We have to think of the burdens we place on others, or the things we may be taking FROM them that are theirs to carry.
"And we have to think about legacy; I won't be here for the days when Barbara will be wishing she could have somehow reached what she perceives to be the scared child within me, and offer the comfort that only a spouse can.
"I don't know how to do this, and if anyone would care to make suggestions, I would be grateful."
Some fun music from the all-girl alt-rock band Lillix, with It's About Time. Feels oddly appropriate.
Please pardon my slow response to comments. I do my best, and your comments are really precious to me. Barb is answering many of them now. I'm running on fumes, if you don't mind a macho metaphor.
I'm grateful for the energy to have written this. I'm so glad Barbara's stepped in for many of my posts. 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 soon.
Friends are everything. I couldn't have done it.
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.