Loss of friends to incurable diseases
Recently my family has shared with two other families in the loss of two friends who fought the "good fight" and worked to overcome two debilitating illnesses. One friend was a young woman who had recently turned 40 and had been diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma two years ago. She fought for her life and the illness spread through her body and her body but not her Soul had to "go home" to God. Another friend for decades was struck with a different debilitating sickness that took her life just a few weeks ago. Actually these friends of my family did not know each other but they both passed on within 24 hours of each other, just 3 to 4 minutes short of 24 hours.
Writing has not been a strength for me lately as other situations have demanded time. But if not for family and friends during our short journey what would life be about?
Of certainly, there is always "politics" which is a change from the day to day experiences we live but if you can find a way to get involved in causes you care about and fulfill your dreams, non-violently of course, then find the area that calls to you and find the voices with which you find friendship.
Live your life as best as you can; try to find what lies behind some of what you read and see daily; and in America, bring God into your life and read and research.
The loss of two friends - friendships that lasted years - is difficult. I am glad for our friends who allowed us to share their lives and who have be able to escape their real pain and suffering. Being glad for friends who have been able to escape their pain and who had good families who loved them both do not mean that we cannot be glad for them yet miss their physical presence.
If you want to send a gift to Ewing's Sarcoma foundation for research, please do that. For my other friend who passed away, I'll keep her suffering private for her and for her family.
Find a way to add more to the life you have been given and if you or a loved one are suffering now, please accept love and prayers directed your way.
Have a Blessed Christmas...and a good 2011. Each of us can make a difference in our own small universe. We just have to find the way and the place where we can give without expectations of "return". Just do what we can on our own for our churches and for the people they feed and for the comfort they are able to give.
You will find the way to help...