The last time I posted it was to let you know that I had experienced a health glitch and that I anticipated posting my Fiction In A Flash Challenge the following week. That was eleven weeks ago. I can’t deny that is has been a difficult time, a time that has taught me once again to be grateful for the simplest of pleasures that life hands us. I haven’t been well enough to leave my bedroom for ten weeks now, the view from my window has altered from the colors of our autumn to the white blanketed trees covered by our first snow of winter. I have learned to appreciate that transition and to understand that my witnessing it is a blessing, a time to be savored, not a right to be squandered.
Today is the first time I have felt well enough to sit up in bed long enough to say hello to you all again. I haven’t had more than a brief look at the emails waiting for me, and have been humbled to discover so many from you all, sending me love and good wishes, and expressing your concerns at my absence. Please know how very grateful I am to have you in my life. I will respond to each of you as soon as I am able.
My goal for now is to be well enough to leave my bedroom and enjoy the simple pleasure of sitting with my little family in front of the fire and chatting about the day they have had. My health issues are ongoing and can’t be reversed, the changes are what I need to adapt to.
For now I continue to pray for guidance and have accepted that my journey need never be undertaken alone.
I share with you a poem sent to me by a very dear friend, it says what I want to say so simply.
The Footprints Prayer
Across the sky flashed scenes from my life. For each scene I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand; One belonged to me, and the other to the Lord. When the last scene of my life flashed before us, I looked back at the footprints in the sand. I noticed that many times along the path of my life, There was only one set of footprints.
and saddest times in my life
This really bothered me, and I questioned the Lord about it.
“Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you,
You would walk with me all the way;
But I have noticed that during the
most troublesome times in my life,
There is only one set of footprints.
I don’t understand why in times when I
needed you the most, you should leave me.
child. I love you, and I would never,
never leave you during your times of
trial and suffering.
When you saw only one set of footprints,
It was then that I carried you.