there was never a road,
but when many people walk on it,
the road comes into existence.
In January, I got some extra ordinary news. It is ordinary news that thousands of people around the world get every day, but yet each time it is your turn, it is still ordinary news that changes your life. Having just finished reading Joan Didion's, "The Year of Magical Thinking," a memoir about the course of her life in the year following her husband's death, I have to borrow her words now . . .
Life changes fast.Life changes in the instant.[The ordinary instant.]You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends.
The question of self-pity.
The day before my thirty-sixth birthday, January 21st, I got "the call. " It became, however, simply the first call in a series of many. It was from my sister, Patti. It started out rather normal enough in a brief exchange of pleasantries to assess how one another were doing. She lives in Ohio, but we are fairly close and talk pretty regularly. There was something a little different in her voice this time though that I could not exactly put my finger on. Then, she saved me the detective work and got right to the point. "Mom is in the hospital," she said, "the emergency room."
Nobody likes to be the bringer of bad news - Sophocles
Though it be honest, it is never good to bring bad news. - Shakespeare
A healthy body is a guest chamber for the soula sick body is a prison - Sir Francis Bacon
It's no use reminding yourself daily that you are mortal: it will be brought home to you soon enough. - Albert Camus
A hospital is no place to be sick - Samuel Goldwyn
How much of human life is lost in waiting - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Patience is waiting. Not passively waiting, that is laziness. But to keep going when the going is hard and slow - that is patience. - Unknown
For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for that he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. - Romans 8:24-25
We judge of man's wisdom by his hope. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Hope is faith holding out its hand in the dark. – George Iles
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. - Romans 5:1-5
Hope is the word which God has written on the brow of every man. ~Victor Hugo
as you trust in him,
so that you may overflow with hope
by the power of the Holy Spirit.
-- Romans 15:13