'The true Soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because He loves what is behind him.' -G. K. Chesterton

15 September 2013

Sunday Kipling

I got nothing. We got some family news yesterday that has me heavy hearted. I need to process today.

The Rabbi's Song

"The House Surgeon"--Actions and Reactions
                    2 Samuel XIV. 14.

If Thought can reach to Heaven,
  On Heaven let it dwell,
For fear the Thought be given
  Like power to reach to Hell.
For fear the desolation
  And darkness of thy mind
Perplex an habitation 
  Which thou hast left behind.

Let nothing linger after--
  No whimpering gost remain,
In wall, or beam, or rafter,
  Of any hate or pain.
Cleans and call home thy spirit,
  Deny her leave to cast,
On aught thy heirs inherit,
  The shadow of her past.

For think, in all thy sadness,
  What road our griefs may take;
Whose brain reflect our madness,
  Or whom our terrors shake:
For think, lest any languish
  By cause of thy distress--
The arrows of our anguish
  Fly farther than we guess.

Our lives, our tears, as water,
  Are spilled upon the ground;
God giveth no man quarter,
  Yet God a means hath found,
Though Faith and Hope have vanished,
  And even Love grows dim--
A means whereby His banished
  Be not expelled from Him!


Monkeywrangler said...

You have my sympathy Six, whatever it was that happened to someone you hold dear.
I too got a bad surprise this weekend due to a friend's heart attack. She got lucky.

Six said...

We have reached that age MW. More leaving than are arriving. My uncle, one of my favorite people in the world, who's name I gave to my daughter, was diagnosed with stage 4 liver cancer yesterday. They gave him a year. I am at a loss.

Brighid said...

I'm so sorry Six, it just never gets easier. Hugs and prayers to you and the family.

Old NFO said...

So sorry, thoughts and prayers...

Six said...

Thanks Brighid and NFO. Hugs and prayers are exactly what I need at the moment.

Monkeywrangler said...

Hugs and prayers inbound, Six. I hate cancer. I hope your uncle has the comfort of a personal faith in Christ. I will pray for y'all.

Jennifer said...

So sorry. You are in my prayers

agirlandhergun said...

So sorry to read this news. hugs and prayers being sent as always.

Six said...

Thanks MW, jennifer and AGirl. Friends are so comforting. My uncle is a believer so I'm doing my best to take comfort in that sure and certain knowledge.

God, Gals, Guns, Grub said...

Sorry to hear that Six... we'll keep ya'll in our prayers...

Dann in Ohio

Six said...

Thanks Dann. He's fighting as hard as he can and as long as he doesn't give up neither will we.