Dec 18 2014

Simply Sherri: Throwback Thursday

I’ve been reading, reading, reading lately.  I’m so enjoying it.  Right now I’m reading several books but the one I’m reading this morning is called "The Unfinished Gift."   It is wonderful.  It is set during WWII.  It’s been so interesting being in that time period.  To see how our country handled being at war at that time and to compare it to present day.  This morning as I was reading I came

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Dec 18 2014

Sandpiper's Thoughts: Into the Story

One of my best experiences of Bible Study has been my participation in a Disciple class.  I loved the in depth study of scripture and the commitment to read and work together to learn the message in the words.  Great experience. One of the “t…

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Dec 18 2014

49 and holding...: Ab-nor-mal…an advent journey of sorts

“Celebrating Advent means being able to wait. …whoever does not know the austere blessedness of waiting – that is, of hopefully doing without – will  never experience the full blessings of fulfillment.”  Dietrich Bonhoeffer  
Abnormal…the words hit me like a ton of bricks…how could something that was designed (and used) to provide nurture be abnormal?
ab·nor·mal
abˈnôrməl/
adjective
  1. deviating from what is normal or usual, typically in a way that is undesirable or worrying.
For a month I tried my best not to worry, between various mammograms, ultra sounds (of course they couldn’t do a biopsy the ‘normal way’), and finally the big day – the stereotypic imaging truck came to town (you really don’t want to know).
A biopsy is not something to blow off.  It is a big deal.  A big hairy deal.  Especially when your mind has time to think of the ‘what ifs.’
Fortunately, for me, the results were another interesting word: benign.  
be·nign
bəˈnīn/
adjective
  1. 2
    MEDICINE
    (of a disease) not harmful in effect: in particular, (of a tumor) not malignant.
    synonyms: harmless, nonmalignant, noncancerous; 
    benignant
    “a benign tumor”

‘What a relief’ my son texted when I finally, after a days delay, had the results.  ‘THANK Heavens’ and ‘YAY’ and ‘that is spectacular news’ from my other children.  
spec·tac·u·lar
spekˈtakyələr/
adjective
  1. 1
    beautiful in a dramatic and eye-catching way.
Not all women are as fortunate.  
And yes, I kept it silent.  And I probably could have shared with others…but ABNORMAL sounds so broken and plain messed up.
After living with the relief of my diagnosis for a week, I realized that my silence continues to add to the stigma of: pastors as ‘other’ and breast cancer as something we talk about in hushed voices, because you can’t really say the word ‘breast’ out loud in polite company.
breast
brest/
noun
  1. 1
    either of the two soft, protruding organs on the upper front of a woman’s body that secrete milk after pregnancy.
My right breast now has a little piece of titanium in it, as a marker for the radiologist.  Next fall, when I have my mammogram I will see it on the screen.
Get your mammograms, gals.  Know your family history.  And if you get called in for more pictures, don’t go on-line and try to look up the what ifs…but DO tell a friend.  Sometimes the most loving thing we can do is invite others for the journey.  I am grateful for my children for being a non-anxious presence during this season.
It is fitting that this journey happened during Advent, a season of anxious anticipation.  I continue to wait with hope.
peace, love in Christ,
Deborah

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Dec 18 2014

Hopeful: Devotions to Our God in the Manger: Turn Away

A D V E N T   2 0 1 4:     D E V O T I O N S   T O   O U R   G O D   I N   T H E   M A N G E R Week 3                                                                                                   … Continue reading

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Dec 18 2014

Sunday's Child: Reflection on One-Year-Bible readings for December 18

O give thanks to the God of heaven.Your steadfast love endures forever.(Psalm 136:26)Habakkuk 1:1-3:19″O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not listen?”The prophet laments that he sees destruction and violence all around him. The law is …

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Dec 18 2014

Kudzu Life: Christmas: Russia

Our United Methodist brothers and sisters share these photos from their celebration of Christmas in their churches in Russia.

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