True love and friendship takes work, commitment, the ability to forgive, and accept forgiveness.
Most of you know that we’ve been thrown a few curve balls, lately. I’ve also had a bad reaction to medication, and some other challenges that have kept me from being the kind of friend I should be. (My hands are shaking as I type this blog.) Kip and I have seen examples of true friendship over and over again as we travel this path. I had no idea what having loving, caring, hard-working friends means in a tough situation until this happened. (This is not a group thank you).
I had to let Facebook, and the blog go. I simply have not had the energy, ability to concentrate, or the time. Kip and I have made over twenty trips to the hospital which is about an hour from where we live. I have one more surgery, but I will get through that and whatever comes next. Forgive me for not keeping up with what’s happening in your lives. I’ve missed a lot, I know.
People go through things in their lives. Things that hurt and are difficult to recover from. I wrote this poem a while back when a friend and I were discussing a child going through a painful experience. I don’t know this child, but I know children and parents who have fought this battle. Let’s get the focus off MG for a minute. I’m too shaky to type, anyway.
You’re a baby sleeping soundly and your mother stands nearby.
She listens for a whimper or a cry.
Her heart is full of love and her thoughts are full of fears.
Don’t let me fail this child, she prays through tears.
Will the face that looks so peaceful match his feelings deep inside?
Can she be the kind of mother whose child looks at her with pride?
Love is Faith…
You’re a youngster starting school and your mother says goodbye.
She’s so happy you’re excited. There’s a twinkle in her eye.
But school is really hard. You try your best but it’s too tough.
The other kids convince you that you just aren’t smart enough.
Your mother has your eyes checked and your teacher gives you tests.
And the reason for the problem manifests.
Love is Courage
You’re a teenager and troubled by what’s happening at home.
Even with the others there, you feel like you’re alone.
So you run around with kids who are going through things, too.
You make promises you’ll do things, but you just can’t follow through.
Your mom, lost in a sea of guilt, knows things have gone too far.
She wishes she could help you to be who you really are.
Love is patience…
You’re a young adult and you’ve worked hard to turn your life around.
Life is never perfect, but you’ve climbed to higher ground.
Once again your mother prays through tears.
So very much has happened through the years.
She knows she did the best she could, but doubts her child agrees.
She made mistakes and didn’t see the forest for the trees.
Love is forever…
They took a bumpy road, but found a place to make their peace.
And in the end they both came to believe.
They let others help them find what they couldn’t find alone.
They felt valued as they reaped the better seeds that they had sewn.
“They learned that all people are flawed, but God is God.”
Help someone with a challenge, today. Be someone’s goldenrod
Read about the goldenrod. It has healing properties and unlike most people think, they do not cause allergic reactions