Comfort and Joy


‘What we have to do is find the places of hope’

…..Jean Vanier

And sometimes we have to wait for them. In our fast paced world, in anguish,  we try to control everything. We want it to be right for us now. Through many trials and tribulations of being knocked on my can or having the “cosmic baseball bat” whack me on the side of the head. I know that God (creator) has three answers when asked, yes, no, and not yet. And what we have to do is wait.

My heart broke open this week to learn that my daughter’s dear friend will be fighting for her life. How I hate that phrase; fighting! It always denotes a winner and a loser. Her cancer has returned. This is not a battle of win or lose. It is about acceptance, waiting and finding the spaces in between of hope. The Christmas carol, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, talks about the comfort and joy that our Christmas season brings. We need both.

Now to the Lord sing praises,
All you within this place,
And with true love and brotherhood
Each other now embrace;
This holy tide of Christmas
All other doth deface.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

faithWith all these words, reflecting the seasons wishes, for my daughter, friends and family; they all sit firmly on the bottom word. FAITH.

We can do this, and wait in the spaces of hope….


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