A Litany

You have noticed how little blogging here? I bought a book of lists… and will include something edifying for you at the end, but here is the litany of events in my life right now:

I somehow came down with Shingles… the pain in my shoulder is enough to keep me from sleeping AND typing on the computer on sleepless nights. I eat Iboprofen.

My daughter went into labor and then was sent home ( very common ), so she is again waiting for labor to start in earnest, but with a taste of what is to come. I need to wait for the Shingles to clear up before I can visit her and the newborn, anyway. Children under the age of one are susceptible to the virus.

My husband had an emergency call on his mother… she is in her ninety’s and her organs are shutting down. He has a hard time with decisions anyway… and there are decisions to be made. My advice was to get together with his siblings, have a short prayer time, short consensus making time and call the nursing staff back with their united decision. Even with my pain, I think we will try to make a visit to her this week to pray for her.

There are other things, but those are the big ones…. my time is spent with nursing my shoulder, praying, and phone calls. I fit in the schooling, but blogging is hit and miss … I dream a little of spring, and that is about it.

Now for a promised “List”:

Under the heading, ‘Contentment’ in the ‘Lists to Live By: The First Collection: For Everything that Really Matters (Lists to Live By)

I asked God for strength that I might achieve;
I was made weak that I might learn humbly to obey.
I asked for health that I might do greater things;
I was given infirmity that I might do better things.
I asked for riches that I might be happy;
I was given poverty that I might be wise.
I asked for power that I might have the praise of men;
I was given weakness that I might feel the need of God.
I asked for all things that I might enjoy life;
I was given life that I might enjoy all things.
I got nothing that I asked for, but everything I hoped for.
Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.
I am, among all men, most richly blessed.

The theology of that quote is not perfect, but it does hold an important truth that our pain and disappointment serve a purpose in our life. I have had many prayers answered just as I asked them, and many that were answered far better than I’d hoped, but I have had many dark nights of the soul and many deeply disappointing turns in life, as well. These were a necessary part of contentment and of appreciating the whole of life. I do not like the weakness, the infirmity, or the time of need, and I certainly would not want to remain in those states, but I recognize their place and use in making my life…and me… better.

In all things, may God receive the praise and the glory for His faithful acts to the sons of men.

Of which I am one.

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