January 6, 2014


(A mother's reflections as we wait for final test results 
on some suspicious cancerous cells.)

Such joy & sorrow mingle down,*
entwined together as holy friends.
My heart whispers trust,
but my body trembles.
Love grabs at me when I look at her...
...she is beautiful & precious to me.

The questions around her health 
fill me with a certain pain,
Yet the beauty of her spirit
is sweetness.

The need for healing, for intervention
create space for a miracle -
the one in her,
the one in me,
the one that everyone around us needs.

This need is making room for Him,
causing a deeper leaning.
On the One who is Life,
On the One who is Love,
On the One who is Good.

Healing is in His hands
as is wholeness of heart.
We stand together on this truth
and throw ourselves into His arms -
the arms of One who knows fully
how joy & sorrow mingle down
as holy friends.

Yes, we wait quietly in that place
with these sacred companions.

*Reminiscent of the line from the hymn When I Survey:
"Sorrow and love flow mingled down..."
by Isaac Watts

Photo by:  Valstar2011


  1. Oh how I wish this weren't true. How I wish that, on this side of eternity, there were only joy, because this imperfect world is already heavy enough. There must be some mystery here. Sorrow must be some integral part of the abundance in life that Jesus came to give us. We pray with you and your beautiful family to experience that abundance now through the waiting, and afterwards.

  2. We pray for the miracle in whatever form the Lord chooses, even while asking for all tests to come back completely clear. Underneath are the Everlasting Arms, lifting you up, holding you near.

  3. Continuing to pray with your dear family... Dana

  4. you´re right, Stephanie, we all wish there was another way. But it must be part of the life He gives, too. Thanks for all the prayers.

  5. bless you - and many others - who are holding up our arms in these days...

  6. bless you. I know you know roads of suffering like almost no one else I know so I am sure He will show you how to pray.


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