I sit here
On an isolated beach all my own today
Listening to the quiet;
Interrupted melodiously by sea gulls, eagles and loons…
An occasional plane overhead,
And the low rumble of distant passing ships.

The sun ministers to my winterized flesh
The ocean’s sparkle nourishes my hungry eyes,
Every diamond my very own.

Large solid rocks speak security,
Round stones and sand of life’s changing passages.

Driftwood from former soaring timbers
Up-rooted by some storm,
Landed here by another
Surround me on all sides.

Sometimes life is like that.

I am here intentionally resting,
Preparing to face a new storm;
Unfamiliar, unwelcome:
A recent diagnosis of “breast cancer.”

I’ve always been healthy.
I believe in healing and I know The Healer;
The Great Physician’s name is Jesus.
But as they always say…
“It’s different when it’s ‘YOU’”…

Who knew this journey so many have taken
Would be mine?
Full of fresh fears, secret tears,
So many appointments,
Injections that feel like violations,
So many tests
So many voices…

I’ve sought beauty, comfort, and fresh depths of trust,
Books I never wanted to read,
Friends who don’t pressure, but pray,
Who assure me I’ll make the right choices
And I have their support as I do.

And I’ve already witnessed how faithful,
Thoughtful, loving and kind
Is the Heavenly Father of us all
Every day since this journey began.

Every. Single. Day.



Lamentations 3:22-23
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
His mercies never come to an end;
They are new every morning;
Great is your faithfulness.

Keep my eyes wide open
to see your kindness and intense care every day.
I need You so.