Time for bed now. Tomorrow is another day. A good nights rest would be good but I sometimes struggle with sleep. I hope that tonight will be different. Tomorrow I have a funeral for a woman who battled cancer for 15 years. How brave! Say a prayer for all families who mourn and say a prayer for me.
A few years ago I met this woman when I officiated at her mother’s funeral. I was taken by her courage then and I am awed by her story of courage as I hear it told by her family now. I have a great deal of respect for all who battle and all who show such strength and courage. As I write this I also am aware that there are so many who a struglling for life right at this moment. I have a few who are on my mind. You will no doubt have someone on yours. We give thanks for their courage and strength and seek to be present to all who suffer in whatever way we can. Even in prayer. You may wonder sometimes what to say …Lord knows I do! Hear these words;
Let us, as we lay ourselves down to rest, pray the words of a beautiful hymn – a favorite of Mother Theresa and a word for those who are laying down to their eternal rest
Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
the darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide.
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me.
Hold thou thy cross before my closing eyes;
shine through the gloom and point me to the skies.
Heaven’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee;
in life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.