I have written a letter in the form of a poem, to my niece ‘A’. She is just 52 and is battling cancer for the third time. This time it does not seem, except for a miracle that she will overcome this latest battle. She has had much to bear in her life, having had a child who passed from a ‘crib’ death, and another born blind and deaf and severely disabled who lived until he was 11, but who was only supposed to live for 5 years or less. He was her joy!
One asks why so much for one person to handle in life? Even as a Christian we are not immune to asking those questions. And yet we know, that it is not God that wills this for her, but only that Christians are not exempt from trials and sorrows, but that we go through them with His help.
We will be seeing her in a week or so, as she and her husband decided that too many visitors on a continual basis was too much for her; too fatiguing… so have set aside a couple of days when anyone can visit her. I was thinking of her tonight and wrote this to her! For those who believe in prayer, please do!
There are no words, to adequately say
What my heart is feeling today.
Can I know what’s in your mind and heart?
Can I get a glimpse and be a part?
For all who know and love you so
We feel so helpless and want to bestow
Some comfort, and yet we cannot share
The trials you’ve had so much to bear.
Your smile and spirit is ever present
Your perseverance is always evident.
You ask not for pity, I know that of you
Instead of pity, this is what I will do.
Just tell you, I love you and if it could be
Instead of you, it would be ‘me’
Truly I tell you, I would gladly exchange….
Places with you; if I could only arrange
I say this not glibly, I honestly feel
That if I could do that, I would get down and kneel
And ask God if possible, please let it be,
To take all that you bear, and please let it be me
You surely must know how much we all care
And that is because of all ‘you’ have shared
So wrap yourself, in our love and our prayers!
Love Aunt Diane xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx