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When storms come our way, we often feel discouraged, overwhelmed. The waters flow fast and strong; threatening to sweep us away in cascades of white water. But then the rain eases and the angry waters grow calm and still; until only the quiet waters trickle by, leaving pools of reflections.

Life can be a bit like that too. A sudden unexpected squall appears sending us scurrying for shelter. We may wish we had been more prepared but sometimes the unexpected happens, we are taken unawares, surprised, bewildered. It takes time to process alone, with family and friends. From somewhere deep within you summon the strength and courage to face the ordeal, because this too will pass…

‘When you pass through the waters; I will be with you.

When you cross rivers, you will not drown.

When you walk through fire, you will not be burned,

nor will the flames hurt you’

Isaiah 43:2


‘We can never cross the ocean unless we have

the courage to lose sight of the shore’


A song for the rough days you may encounter on your journey,  whatever  oceans or rivers you must cross…

Thanks for keeping company today!


Rosa Gallica "Versicolor"

We wait at the side of your bed

Taking turns to hold your hand;

Watching the rise and fall of your chest

With rising anxiety until you inhale

And we exhale in long, slow breath.

And the sea of faces in the room changes

Like the ebb and flow of tide,

Laughter, tears, confessions, fear, 

Kisses, hugs, exchanging worried glances; 

but at the side of your bed, we wait …


My Canadian sister usually checks my Blog on Monday finding nothing there she found a blunt email instead stating mum was ill. Since then we have gathered as a family to sit with Mum. The care staff have been exemplary, you couldn’t wish for better care. Watching as they have each come in to hug and kiss her and take their leave – in tears.

So please forgive me if I do not blog over the next few days as we sit with our indomitable mum