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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

RADIATION PINK - 2

We had Lions' Club Board Meeting at the Gregory's home. Linda outdid herself. Her snacks were wonderful. Linda & Jim are really hard working Lions. Earl Arrowood is donating a lot of stuff he got from a trailer that he repossessed. The people left the state and left a lot of things in the trailer that are in great shape. Some things are in the original boxes. We are going to have a huge Lions Yardsale on April 4th at the Stoneybrooke clubhouse. It has been closed for years and the person who owns it let us keep our stuff there. We decided last night that what we don't sell, we can donate to the Relay for Life yardsale in May.


Today was the second Radiation treatment. I went in at 7:46 a.m. I took some pain medication this morning so lying there didn't hurt. My leg is catchy, but feels better. I guess I will have to relent and take the medication so I can get around all day. I still didn't feel anything during the treatment and it was over before I knew it. They gave me a Green Coffee Mug for St. Patrick's Day. How nice. I gave the receptionist one of my little fish pins. I may have to order some more to give out.

I can't seem to keep awake. I keep dozing off. I guess I should lay down for a bit.

Beverly Parker shared the following with me yesterday:

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Leaning Toward the Light
Suggested Bible Reading:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
-John 1:1-5 (NRSV)

Today's ScriptureThe light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
-John 1:5 (NRSV)

WHEN my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer, our initial conversation turned toward the gloom of illness and death. There were tears, fears, and struggles as she grappled with the possibilities that lay before her.

But then a light flickered. As she turned her attention toward healing, a light began to grow in the darkness. It grew brighter as people expressed support and prayed for her. This gave us hope. Some people provided books and other information that helped her move from darkness to light. Her faith in God gave her the assurance that cancer would not have the final word. God's healing would be her light in the darkness.


As she recovered over the Advent/Christmas season at home, our family grew closer in love. That holy season took on new meaning. God's love was abundant - everywhere evident in the lights, sounds, and aromas of the season.


As John proclaimed centuries ago, the darkness cannot overcome the light. The light of God is love - a fire, an illumination, a dance - that enables us to trust in our Creator's grace. This light also transforms our dark places into lustrous examples of the power of God.
Todd Outcalt (Indiana, USA)


Prayer
God of light, help us to give to you our hard times and our fears. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
Thought for the Day
The light of God transforms our darkness.


Prayer Focus
Those newly diagnosed with cancer

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