Diagnosis of illness acute or chronic
renders previous challenges small.
Human beings suffer,
you know its true when the pain is yours.
Doctors present surgery and treatment plans.
First impulse is to think of worst case scenario,
instinctively grieving the life lost.
Fearful, I fall silent
in contemplation and prayer,
to converse with Jesus,
listen to His wise words and
trust in His calming Grace.
Blocking out the din of uncertainty
making space for good news to come.
With open heart and mind, listening
for inspiration from all the generations
that are part of the great jigsaw puzzle of life.
I put my trust in God and His working
through the hearts and hands of people around me.
Appreciating their life-saving work reminds me to be patient
and peace-of-mind silently tiptoes in.
Healing begins quietly and slowly all night and day
asleep and awake my energy grows.
A modest set of hopes can be dreamed.
Grateful for the life I have now,
laughter, love and goodness in abundance.
Patiently I live with new boundaries.
I’m part of the world again.
Note: I wrote this in response to the Saolta Poems for Patience Competition.