Monthly Archives: October 2007


I hate being sick.  I just want to go home.

But here I am at my office to sedate the little ones that need some urgent help.

Then I am going home.


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I bought some of Birdies’s Krumkaka at the Country Store and bakesale on Saturday.  I made everyone wait till I had some filling for them.  So tonight we filled them with strawberries and whipped cream and indulged ourselves.

I remember my Auntie Lily making these when I was a little girl.  My mom did not make them that I remember.  They were probably too fussy to make for a family of seven hungry mouths.

But they sure are good.

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More from Nouwen

We truthfully belong together in God. This is the spiritual basis of solidarity.

Here too we find the ground of all Christian action. As prayer leads us into the house of God and God’s people, so action leads us back into the world to work there for reconciliation, unity, and peace…. All Christian action – whether it is visiting the sick, feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, or working for a more just and peaceful society – is a manifestation of the human solidarity revealed to us in the house of God. It is not an anxious human effort to create a better world. It is a confident expression of the truth that in Christ, death, evil, and destruction have been overcome. It is not a fearful attempt to restore a broken order. It is a joyful assertion that in Christ all order has already been restored. It is not a nervous effort to bring divided people together, but a celebration of an already established unity. Thus action is not activism. An activist wants to heal, restore, redeem, and re-create, but those acting within the house of God point through their action to the healing, restoring, redeeming, and re-creating presence of God.

Nouwen, Lifesigns, Image Books p. 35

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How do I help a patient who has jaw pain mostly when she puts on her lipstick?

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The Menu

Office potluck:

  • Perogies and sour cream
  • Sweet and Sour meatballs
  • Saurkraut and Koelbesa
  • Chicken Curry  and Naan bread
  • Salad – beans, olives, celery, feta, etc
  • Crackers and cheeses and cold cuts
  • Wings – peanut and hot wing
  • Cabbage rolls
  • Spring rolls
  • Pita bread
  • Nacho chips and layered dip dish

And for dessert – Apple pie and ice cream and a pumpkin dish to die for.

Yep.  We eat well at our office.  But it sure is hard to get back to work after all that!

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Moving deeper

The deeper our prayer becomes the closer we come to this mystery of God’s love. And the closer we are to this mystery the better we can live it out in our daily life. It frees us to appreciate other people’s talents without feeling diminished by them and to life up their uniqueness without feeling less unique ourselves. It allows us to celebrate the various ways of being human as a sign of the universal love of God. (Nouwen, Lifesigns p34)

At church council last night we talked about spiritual direction a bit. One comment was that it would be mainly for those who know God and wish to go deeper. That is true although anyone can be seeking a deeper spiritual life without already knowing God in Christ. In fact, some of my deeper spiritual conversations have been with people who do not even know what they are seeking. I see God at work even when they remain oblivious to who it is that is drawing them towards him.

Perhaps one of the greatest benefits to the Christian community of the work of spiritual direction is that as one goes deeper and draws closer to God in prayer one becomes more aware of this “mystery of God’s love.” And the experience of this mystery compels us to live out this love of God in our daily human lives. God calls us to live as lights in our dark world and I believe that our lights will together shine more brightly as we move deeper into the mystery of God.

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I am emerging from my Fentinyl haze.  Got more sleep today than in ages and it sure did cure the headache I woke up with.  The headache was maybe due to caffeine withdrawal.

All went well with the check-up in my nether parts.  No polyps or such.

But the bad news is that they recommend this procedure again in 5 years.  Five years to live in dread of swallowing the  nastiest liquid known to mankind – the oral Fleet.  Not sure if I can take it.  The second one I just barely kept down yesterday.

If Colon cancer wasn’t such a nasty disease in itself, I’d say it was a conspiracy against those of us who are spunky enough to make it past 50.

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