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Thursday, March 10, 2022

The Blessing-Day

So it's been quite a week, with the new Chihuahuas as a very bright light. It really hurts too much to walk (and breathe!), but it's worth it to see those mad little clowns integrate themselves into a position of power.

An example... they ganged up on Labby this morning. Now, he's an immense black Lab, totally friendly but a bit forceful in his greetings. 

Labby apparently stepped on one of Cocoa's paws, which led the little guy to go "BEEP!", and Latte roared to the rescue, barking and snapping into Labby's face, quickly joined by Cocoa.

Three hours later, Labby's still traumatized, crawling up to the boys on his belly, asking forgiveness.

They brighten the days. The cancer thing is pretty bad.

 The things they do not tell you,
the things you do not see
for you'd not believe them true
for your destiny.
The blazing pain of morning;
so hard to pull on socks!
The sad old midnight yearning
for idle pillow-talks.
Yes, by cancer life is ruled
in its calculating way,
but no longer will my heart be fooled,
for 'tis a blessing-day
when the Christ who died at Calvary
is by my side, to walk with me.

The Five Minute Friday prompt this week is HEAVY. 

These days are quite a burden
of heaviness and sorrow,
and most good folk are certain
it will be worse tomorrow.
That's life when Creation's fallen
and the devil takes the wheel,
but you can still hear Jesus calling,
when you turn to what is real.
Don't look away from all the pain;
do your bit and play your part,
but don't in weightiness remain,
for you can keep a merry heart
when you look to God above
and know that He's eternal Love.

Four minutes!

Music from Joe Jackson, with Is She Really Going Out With Him?

Sylvia's ideal date is with an ice-cream cone.


  1. It is a blessed day when Christ walks with us, Andrew! It's amazing how a day can hold joy and sorrow, humor and pain, hope and despair - all in one day. Yet thankfulness for life with Him - here and now and hereafter, bubbles up within us, for we can't help but praise Him who is worthy.

  2. Andrew, may we keep looking to our God, who bears our burden with, and for, us. May the dogs keep making you smile and laugh with their antics!

    1. Joanne, thank you...and I think that the dogs were specially trained by God for fun!

  3. Fantastic post Andrew - continuing to hold you in prayer
    Just stopped by from FMF#10

  4. Amen. Amen. Beautifully expressed, this hope we have in God. Peace, my friend.

  5. I love you reminder to look above. If we don't do that it's far too easy for the burdens to weigh us down.

  6. Love these lines: "That's life when Creation's fallen
    and the devil takes the wheel,
    but you can still hear Jesus calling,
    when you turn to what is real."
    We have to remember Who and what is real.

  7. i appreciate the call for people to turn to what is real. :)
    keep laughing at the antics of those pups! visiting from FMF29

  8. These little guys add so much joy to your life ... and I'm guessing that the opposite is true, too.

    Hope you and Barb have a good weekend, Andrew.

  9. I tweeted your poem today for others to read as an encourgement. It was beautiful.

    1. Rhonda, I am so honoured that you tweeted the poem...truly!

      You made my day!

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    1. Yep, Susan, two Chihuahuas. Can't have just one!

  11. Andrew I am.so blessed by your attitude of gratitude in all you go through. That one can suffer so long and continue fellowship with Christ is such a testimony. I can see Labby on his belly asking forgiveness of those little yapping chihuahuas. Relationships have to grow, even with dogs. Praying for all of you!!!

    1. Mary, thank you so much for this. The Chi's have forgiven Labby, and he is really glad of that!

  12. Your 2 chihuahuas are not rescue dogs too are they? Sounds like they are a happy addition.

    1. Grams, Cocoa and Latte are indeed rescues, and they are a DELIGHTFUL addition!

  13. Love your dogs story Andrew. I have a spoiled rotten amusing delightful Emotional Support Dog. She is a beagle named Little Girl. Thank you for your poem I always appreciate your words. Continued prayers for you and Barb. Blessings.
    Visiting from FMF#24

    1. Paula, thank you, and I have a soft spot for beagles!

      For some reason I can't access your posts...the thing just spins...

  14. A beautiful post Andrew.
    I have walked alongside both my late husband & more recently my mother both had cancer.
    Jesus indeed took their hand & walked them into heaven.
    Bless you,

    1. Jennifer, thank you so much for your uplifting words, for your sharing.

      He does have my hand.