Never AloneNew Every Morning | April 17, 2023
Over the next twelve months a breast was cut off, my hair fell out, and my eyebrows vanished. But as my body grew fragile from treatments, my inner life flourished. Cancer waltzed into our lives like an unwanted dance partner, but it didn’t get to choose the music. Through texts, Facebook posts, emails, cards, and responses to my newspaper column, hundreds of friends walked alongside Jim and me on this unexpected journey.
I’ll be praying for you, dear lady.
You’re on my heart!
I stand with you.
God will be your guide and strength.
From the start, I was never alone. If I ever doubted the value of family, friends, and my faith community, I never will again. A beginning, not an end.
—Jan Woodard, Texting Through Cancer: Ordinary Moments of Community, Love, and Healing (Upper Room Books, 2021)
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Do not fear, for I am with you,
do not be afraid, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.
—Isaiah 41:10 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
God of All,
In you I trust.
All will be well.
All will be well.
All will be well. Amen.
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Bible verses like the ones from Isaiah. The habit of scripture reading is a first step, or better yet, memorizing Bible verses. It’s necessary to share one’s problems in order to get the support the author outlines. So a person has to take this first step in some cases. Our church served at Trinity Table yesterday. Being in such an environment helps me to remember that God is with me.
Reading the Bible. Reaching out to others.
Yesterday, church was lovely. Several of us are going to start a caregiver’s group and we discussed how to start it. Afterward, I stopped to walk with the friend, Rosalee, that I reconnected with. We walked in my old neighborhood and she filled me in on all the neighbors. We will walk again in 2 weeks. I took her a loaf of applesauce bread I baked and she was so excited that I told her I will bake something else for her next time. I then went shopping and went to a store where several people who are vey nice and have assisted me with makeup purchases were working and we chatted. It was a very nice day.
I feel very alone sometimes. Then God leads me to a passage like Isaiah 41, which reminds me so am not alone. Often, that is when someone will text or call and that connection helps me feel connected. My dear pets remind me of this as well. I have David and he can be a good companion. But I often feel alone as a caregiver, and in dealing with my own health issues. The losses this year have compounded this: a dear friend from college, my friend who was my mentor and teacher, my 2 kitties. I often feel alone on trying to solve our problems of finances. I thank Hod for a couple from church who are helping us work out a budget to easy our worries.
Please pray for my dear friend, Mary Nelle, who is in the hospital. Pray that I can feel motivated and excited about working my business and the opportunities it can bring to make our lives better.
Sorry for the typos. Thanks to my NEM for being here. Bless you all.
You are truly not alone – God never leaves your side and your friends here send you hugs from afar
Scripture, prayer and meditation, along with Daily devotionals. Being active in my faith community along with worship. Scott and I have been trying to get out as much as possible to see all the amazing wild flowers It has been beautiful the last few weeks in Southern California. The abundance of rain has bright spectacular wild flowers in the mountains, deserts and coastal areas.