Solitude…

If you want to be strong, learn to enjoy being alone. Through solitude is where you find God

“But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

~Matthew 6:6

The Rain

It was a busy morning, about 8:30, when an elderly gentleman in his 80’s arrived to have stitches removed from his thumb. He said he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00 am.

I took his vital signs and had him take a seat, knowing it would be over an hour before someone would to able to see him. I saw him looking at his watch and decided, since I was not busy with another patient, I would evaluate his wound. On exam, it was well healed, so I talked to one of the doctors, got the needed supplies to remove his sutures and redress his wound. While taking care of his wound, I asked him if he had another doctor’s appointment this morning, as he was in such a hurry. The gentleman told me no, that he needed to go to the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife. I inquired as to her health.  He told me that she had been there for a while and that she was a victim of Alzheimer’s Disease. As we talked, I asked if she would be upset if he was a bit late.  He replied that she no longer knew who he was, that she had not recognized him in five years now. I was surprised, and asked him, ‘And you still go every morning, even though she doesn’t know who you are?’  He smiled as he patted my hand and said, ‘she doesn’t know me, but I still know who she is.’

I had to hold back tears as he left, I had goose bumps on my arm, and thought, that is the kind of love I want in my life.’ True love is neither physical, nor romantic. True love is an acceptance of all that is, has been, will be, and will not be. The happiest people don’t necessarily have the best of everything;  they just make the best of everything they have.

Life isn’t about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain.

 We are all getting Older…..

Tomorrow may be our turn.

(writer unknown)

Faith…..

What does Faith mean to you?

Faith in Action

11 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.

By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. ~ Hebrews 11:1-3

Virtues

Virtues…

RESPECT is a big word that carries a big meaning.

We loosely say, “respect needs to be earned.” Often, when we do not agree with someone or maybe when someone hurt us, we always say this fancy phrase to make ourselves feel better or to heal the wounds that was implicated on us. Then, we start justifying our ill feelings and our ill thoughts about that person.

But you see, respect should and must be given to all God’s creation. When our Heavenly Father created everything (Genesis 1:1-31), he did it out of love.  It is His expression of love to all his creations and we are part of that creation.

Respect is not earned as we believe and practice. It must be given unconditionally to all, thus, respect for environment, respect for all kinds of living creatures big and small, but most importantly, respect for all mankind regardless of who and what we perceive they are, whether they are pleasing or not to us, and even the time when they hurt us. Respect, kindness, forgiveness, caring ~ all these equates to LOVE which is the second greatest commandment of God.

Respecting another human soul is giving value to that person’s worth ~ it is loving them. And we are all worth something to the eyes and heart of our Heavenly Father.

We can list all kinds of virtues and pretend that we apply these to others in our lives, but when we assess our hearts with all honesty, we should ask ourselves…do we build our parameters and choose who we give these virtues unconditionally? Do we create our own justifications to cater to our needs, wants, preferences, and desires? Do we really respect all creations, hence, love them?

Healing starts with love.  But we cannot love until we remove all the fences and parameters that we built to encase ourselves in.

© fm1 (11.18.15)