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Thursday, February 3, 2022


Cancer's pushing hard this week. Hard to breathe, and hard (and scary, because I'm very unsteady on my feet) to walk.

But life goes on, and so must I. Not out of defiance, or realistic hope for healing and a brighter tomorrow.

See, I promised.

It's that whole 'for richer, for poorer...in sickness and in health' thing.

It doesn't have to be easy.

It just has to be done.

There are days adrift in sorrow
and in heart-despairing pain,
but yesterday is not tomorrow
and the sun will shine again,
though your plans and dreams are shaken,
and although something loved is gone,
'less it's given what's not taken
is the will to carry on,
smiling while your heart is crying,
laughing when you'd rather weep,
choosing life though you are dying
for there are covenants to keep
that were promised in your health,
and are today your greatest wealth.

Music from The Carpenters, with Top Of The World.

The Five Minute Friday prompt this week is ACHIEVE, so here goes.

Achievement was what I had thought
that effort and great talent brings,
but in a life that cancer's wrought
I make do with smaller things,
like dishes washed and laundry done,
and dogs walked slowly 'round the yard,
but do not think I don't find fun,
for it's close by, and thus not hard
to discover bright surprise
and laughter in the canine play,
and in what I might devise
through the course of each new day
to give my wife and home a lift
that shows each day is still God's gift.

Achieved, in just under five minutes!

For Sylvia, ice cream is riches.


  1. I love that - It doesn't have to be easy; it just has to be done!
    Thank you!

  2. Andrew, you are achieving much each week, each day, each moment. Truly!

    1. Joanne, your affirmation means the world to me. Truly!

  3. You achieve so much even in your pain, and I love your determination to find joy and appreciate the little things.

    1. Lesley, thank you so much for this. It's been a dreadful week, and your words are a balm.

  4. To bring joy and laughter to others is a great achievement, and I think you do that. Praying for you in these hard days!

    1. Kym, I so appreciate your prayers... and even in the depths I reached during this last night, laughter is still the best medicine.

  5. "It doesn't have to be easy, it just has to be done" - love that phrase, it will stay with me for a long time. Praying for you especially this week as you find life hard. Just popped by from FMF #14

    1. Heather, I am delighted that you found something of value here, and so grateful for your prayers!

  6. Oh indeed - every day is still God's gift!! Hope you are enjoying that gift today!

    1. Jennifer, this has been a really hard week, but it's still a gift.

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    1. Annette, thank you so much! I so look up to your poetic skills. You are my inspiration.

  8. Such inspirational words - the achievement found in the moments, the life found in the love, the goodness found in God. You bless us all.

    1. And I, dear Karen, am truly blessed by your friendship.

  9. (((((Andrew)))))

    Annie in Texas

    1. ((((((((ANNIE!!!!!!!!))))))))

      Thank you for being here.

      I'm really hurting.

  10. 'but yesterday is not tomorrow'

    ah, yes. and too often we think it is. and then He speaks.

    1. Linda, it can be so hard to hear His voice over the pain.

      I'm trying.

  11. Each day is a gift and I am glad you are finding the fun in it. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Cindy, thank YOU, for your affirmation, and for your presence.

      Slow death is kinda lonely. I'm so glad you're here.

  12. The covenant of marriage and each day is truly a gift! Thank you for that precious reminder. Each day is unique with pleasure and sometimes pain. I'll be thinking of you and whispering a prayer next time I take our dog out...for you to be able to do the same or at least watch your wife through the window! Jennifer, FMF

    1. Jennifer, what you wrote here is so lovely, and so comforting.

      Thank you.

  13. Stephanie, thank you for this, and for being here.

    I've been unable to comment on some of your posts... please forgive. I wanted to, but it's getting really hard now.