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How Can I Sing?


It is Easter, the holiest of days for Christians everywhere.  It is a time for rejoicing in the miracle of miracles!  Yet how can I sing The Lord's song today, when my heart is heavy with sadness for the burdens of those I care about and love?

One friend's husband was hospitalized on Thursday with heart problems and is now waiting for specialists to determine if he is a suitable candidate to be placed on the waiting list for a heart transplant, his life depending on that.   Last night another dear friend was airlifted from New Mexico to a hospital in Texas with severe chest pain and erratic blood pressure.   He is currently on a constant nitro drip and is undergoing cardio testing, awaiting answers.  He was just recently given an all-clear report on his one-year check-up after being treated for cancer.  He is several years younger than I am.

In both cases, the devotion of these couples to each other is strong and deep.  Like with Papa Bear and me, they are each other's everything.  As I have written of here before, Papa Bear had a heart attack not long after I met him, due to a 99% blockage in one of his arteries, and now has two stents placed end to end, and medication he will take for the rest of his life to help prevent another heart attack, maybe.  Today, sharing the concerns and fears of these two couples, brings home yet again the fragility of life.  We have each other in each moment, we are not promised one moment more.

What this day finds me most thankful for is the supreme gift of love we were given on this Easter so very long ago.  If it were not for faith, for belief that we have a Father/Creator  who holds us safely in His hands, there would be such a feeling of hopelessness and despair.  But because of Easter I have the assurance that God is with me always and everywhere, and that He hears my fervent prayers on behalf of those I love. 

I do not pray for the answers of my choosing, I rarely do, for God is so much wiser than I and knows our needs and what is best.  I pray instead that He will keep these people, and all those who are fearful and suffering, in  His loving care, and help them to walk thru this valley,  trusting that they are not alone.  I believe in God the Father, I believe in God the Son, I believe in the power of the Holy Spirit, and I believe in the power of prayer.  That is my comfort, that is my peace, that is what I have to offer my friends... my faith, my prayers, and my love that is but a tiny reflection of His.

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  1. The pain and reality of this world is difficult, but is nothing compared to what Christ did willingly for us, out of love. I remind myself of this constantly, because I need to. This world is temporary. He is eternal.

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    1. Amen, McGuffy Ann, a very good perspective!

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    1. Thank you Susan, this is a message from my heart.

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  3. Isn't it wonderful to know that our prayers are answered. God has done so much and I truy believe that 'What He's done for others he'll do for you."

    You are right too, that God does know best. Sometimes I think His answer is for the benefit of the person praying in dealing with life.

    Happy Easter,Josie.
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    p.s. If it weren't for doctors and modern medicine I surely would not be living now. I have a stent graft (now twelve years ago) inside my abdominal aortic artery, three stents, one each in the only three heart descending arteries that I have, and one stent in my left kidney artery. To make my life easier I also have an artificial knee joint and two back surgeries.
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    1. I do believe that our prayers are always answered, just not always in ways that we anticipate or hope for, and sometimes the answer is no! Wow, you really do have your share of "battle scars", don't you? And still ticking and kicking and going strong! Thank you, that's a reminder I needed to hear!

      I hope you and your family have had a lovely Easter too!

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  4. I am with you, Josie. So much love and gratitude today/this week mixed with such anguish over situations around me and in the world. It is why my song has become 'Hallelujah' and asking for help to say it when so much around makes no sense.

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    1. I always find myself struggling with the suffering all around me, Carrie, so much heartbreak and so many whys? It is hard to keep my focus on the One who loves me entirely. I try!

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  5. I am adding your friends to my prayers

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    1. Thank you so much Joe, they have both going thru some really hard times and the more prayers on their behalf the better! I appreciate your kindness and caring.

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  6. Yes, Josie. Being the wife of a pastor, there is always someone in pain, having surgery... and they are my Wisconsin family.

    Thank you for being so forthcoming about prayer. It is a personal thing, yet you chose to share with us. I'll share as well: I pray for one thing: Patience. That the surgeon be awake and patient, no rash moves. That the sick person be patient with the process... I guess it all comes down to the Serenity Prayer, right?

    Thanks for all of this, Josie. I will be doing my own NaPoWriMo to all sorts of prompts on my blog, sorry I cannot join you on A-Z.

    Finally, the title: the reverse of "How Can I Keep From Singing?" Brill. Love, Amy

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    1. Prayer is a very personal thing, and in some ways it defies explanation Amy, yet it is not the how it works, but the fact that I know personally that it does, that makes it the miracle that it is! Everyone prays differently, but I do like your prayer for patience, that makes sense, and it is always most needed in stressful times. The Serenity Prayer really does say it all. Thank you, as always, for such meaningful comments, I treasure them!

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  7. I don't know how people without a personal relationship with God make it through the tough times here on earth. Great is our God!

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    1. Trying to get by on your own is extremely difficult Karen, it's scary and dark. Life feels very chaotic and untrustworthy when you have no solid basis of belief. I've lived both ways, and I am never turning back. I know where my heart belongs, I know where my joy is!

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