24 May 2013

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Joining with the community that is Five Minute Friday with the lovely Lisa Jo Baker. Writing not for comments or traffic or anyone else’s agenda. But for pure love of the written word. For joy at the sound of syllables, sentences and paragraphs all strung together by the voice of the speaker.

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I knew this week would be difficult before it started. 

My brother started chemotherapy for cancer on Tuesday and even with praying there is still the unknown, the concern for how things would go. Poison being pumped into his body and unknown after effects. This is still ongoing, just the beginning of a challenging few months of unpleasant side effects to necessitate healing, however that comes.

The weight of sharing news with others to let them know. Also the welcome company of those who have been walking alongside in prayer so far.

On the Tuesday on the way into work I passed a rain drenched hedge on the walk to the station

Then on the way into work I was stuck with an earworm of a song which we sang in church on Sunday ‘Draw me close to You.’ It is a song that I can usually take or leave because I feel sometimes it is a little too emotive; that bit in the chorus where many people raise their hands together 'You’re all I want, You’re all I’ve ever needed.'

Help me know You are near

Try as hard as I might I couldn’t stop the words going round my head. The earworm would not be dismissed.

OK God you are wanting me to know you are near.



Later that evening our daughter came home to tell us she has not been well for a while but that she is now on medication. She will also be graduating a little later than her peers due to what has happened.

It was just that extra weight of sorrow and heart pain of the day that I was not expecting. But the words of that song which I am usually ambivalent about was the safety net of His everlasting arms.

Sent ahead of time and in a way that I was not expecting (He has a sense of humour too)

He knows the whole view before me 

And the grace didn't spoil it


Draw me close to You
Never let me go
I lay it all down again
To hear You say that I'm Your friend

You are my desire
No one else will do
'Cause nothing else can take Your place
To feel the warmth of Your embrace

Help me find a way
Bring me back to You

You're all I want
You're all I've ever needed
You're all I want
Help me know You are near


  1. I love how God can use the little things to remind us of His infinite love. Will be praying for you and your family.

    1. Thanks Mandy, it was good to look back and see the good things

  2. I'm so sorry to hear about your brother, and that your daughter has not been well. Saying a prayer tonight, asking God for His healing. May He hold you close and refresh you in His presence. Joining you for the Five Minute Friday!

    1. Thank you - it was good to write it out at the end of the week

  3. Hugs to you and your family! Thank you for sharing your heart. <3

    Visiting from 5 Minute Friday