Yesterday was New Years Day. Last year, I greeted the new year with lots of optimism that I would be well by the end of it. That was my plan! This year, I am more solemn about the new year. I find it hard to plan much about the future. I have to admit, experiencing a disease like this causes me to reflect on death as well as life. Frankly, at this point, I do not know really what it will be for me this new year. Sometimes the faith in restored health is lacking. Yet, usually at these times, someone tells me that she/he is praying for me. I have been so consoled by the prayers that people offer for me. Individuals with their own particular prayers. Church communities are praying. A Jewish woman lit a candle for me in a European cathedral. A friend offered extra prayers for me at the shrine of St. Katerie Tekakwitha in Kanahwake. Others are praying through Katerie’s intercession. It is humbling, and I find that when my trust is least and hope is diminishing, I am simply carried by these prayers and know that I can trust in them at least; I am carried by the community of prayer. Thank-you for your prayer!
I am bracing for the coming week but I know I will get through it. It has simply become part of the journey, now.
Blessings to all for 2013. Thank you so much for your support during this past year.