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Thursday, September 23, 2021

The Rainbow At The End Of Time

You realize, ere the end, that good and bad in life are merely acts in a play, and that they have no weight, not measured against God's love.

We are truly His children, and the role you play in a game of Cops And Robbers gives Him naught but amusement.
 
In facing down the worst of days,
I know now that the honour’s mine
to greet the good and bad with praise,
the rainbow at the end of time.
Dreadful things? They did betide,
side by side with beauty bare,
and now I find no need to hide
from truth’s clean and bracing air
that sweeps around my hilltop place
to clear emotion’s clouds away
and show, at last, with smiling grace
that we’ve been actors in a play
that ends now as the curtain falls,
leaving only foot-light calls.

The Five Minute Friday prompt this week is 'care', so...

Oh, dear God, please have a care;
I'm asking this because
I feel as though I'm made of air,
and not the man I was
when you set me to this task
(time passed has been so long!).
All you had to do was ask,
and I thought I was strong.
But cancer's road to Calvary,
is rocky, and uphill,
and, dear Lord, it frightens me
that even with the firmest will
exhaustion now cannot be stayed,
and on my knees, I ask your aid.

OK, six minutes, but on a phone...give me a pass?

Still on the phone and can't directly post a video, but I can give you the YouTube link to the Alan Parsons Project's lovely 'Closer To Heaven'. I hope you'll listen, and enjoy.

And,  as always, a couple of pictures of Sylvia, my blog's public face, on an ice-cream run.



 

24 comments:

  1. Thank you Andrew for turning up each week - yours is the first post I look for - I care!

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  2. I am sorry you are battling cancer. I have had breast cancer twice and I am in remission. My brother had a bone marrow transplant, beat leukemia by God’s grace, but because his immunity was so low he got sick and died four days ago. Cancer is a terrible thing. But when we all get to heaven what a day of rejoicing that will be. It will be far more beautiful, wonderful and filled with joy than we can possibly imagine. Praying that God heals you of your cancer here on earth. If he doesn’t heal you on earth, if you have been born again He will heal you in heaven. ❤️Terri D
    #8 FMF He Wipes My Tears Away

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    1. Terri, I am so sorry about your brother's passing. Heaven will indeed surpass anything we can imagine, and while I'd love to be healed here, I am content. Our prayers are with you.

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  3. Andrew, it is amazing what you pull together in six minutes and on a phone!!! I'm grateful for you, for your transparency on this journey. Praying for the Lord to continue to be with you, giving you all you need in this day.

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    1. Joanne, the phone and I have reached a kind of friendship! It's just an honour to be able to share this journey, and to witness to God's love, and to the blessings of this life.

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  4. This community of enthusiastic five-minute writers care so deeply for you and Barb. I cannot imagine the day when your icon doesn't show in the linkup. It will be a sad day indeed, because we care so very much. xo

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    1. Susan, we truly feel the love, and we are so blessed by y'all! XOXOXO

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  5. Very impressive on a phone in six minutes! And, like the others have said, we care for you!

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    1. Lesley, thank you so much for the affirmation. The love and care from this community is literally a lifeline.

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  6. I too, thank God each time I find your post here! You always have such profound, honest, searching reflections. You are a gift as a writer and as an encourager. Sending much love and CARE!

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    1. Karen, I am just so very blessed and honoured by your words, your care, and your love. Thank you.

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  7. We care for you, Andrew! And God cares even more than we could!

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    1. Anita, in this community I see God's face reflected.

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  8. ah, the Lord does mind you full well. :)

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    1. Rhonda, thank you so much for this, and for being here.

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  10. Talk about multitasking! I always appreciate the way you so quickly express your vulnerable and often witty thoughts.

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    1. Stephanie, I guess one thing cancer's taught is how to multitask, since my daily 'effective'hours have become so limited.

      And I am very grateful for the honour of your affirmation!

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  11. (((((Andrew)))))

    Annie in Texas

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