Love -That’s the one thing there’s just too little of

My beloved friends:

There is a persistent call in my spirit to share this message that hurting lives and our world needs to hear. 

I come home exhausted from seeing the surgeon Dr. El gaddi at nearby Temiskaming Shores Hospital. He is deferring to the expertise of mastocytosis specialist, Dr. Jason Lee, at St. Michael’s Hospital concerning having surgery to remove the lesion.

I feel what so many people who suffer the debilitating effects of mastocytosis experience. I am bloated all over from the mast cells(immune and systemic) releasing their contents into my body. I feel ugly as I look at my face in the mirror. Even my neck is swollen. All of this likely happens because of a thoughtless person who is wearing a scented product in a hospital that has a no fragrance policy.

Pain that is enough to make a grown man cry courses through my entire body. The pain in my legs is off the scale.

I look into the sadness and helplessness of my darling’s eyes. This is a journey that no living soul should have to endure.

My pain will reduce as the effects of the exposure wear off. I could decide to take it easy tonight but something deep within says someone out there needs a message of hope. Perhaps, as my fingers are swollen and each stroke of the keyboard is done with greater pain, something of what I say will reach another person who is in agonizing and unrelenting pain.

Let my life be a testament that love is the strongest weapon we have to deal with pain, pain in the body, mind and spirit. When you have people who love you, who stand by you, pray for you, believe in you, all the hate and darkness in this world cannot win.

Please pray for all people with mastocytosis and all who cannot see hope, all who are ready to give up. You have God’s power within your heart that you can call upon any time you need it. In a smile, prayer, that tender hand reaching out, that strong arm up that offers not a hand out but a hand up, you are not helpless. Darling, as long as you love me you are not without the power to help me and all who need you.

Please, today and every day, make it your mission in life to pour your life into the needs of others. You won’t have to look hard to see a need. It will be seen in every face that is etched with suffering, in every soul who cries out to you in their loneliness, in their own feeling of helplessness to change their circumstances, in every false judgement of their character that says they could do more if they just trued a little harder, if they just worked through their pain, if they just put on a brave face that is more accepted because they have driven that pain deep down within them, smiling as they give others the illusion that everything is okay when their world feels cold and at a comfortable distance from their pain.

Your love will go a long way, so hope can live again. True. In those with terminal illness you will not change the outcome, but what all of us can do is fill their journey while they are here with a lot more light, laughter and love. And in the words of composer Burt Bacharach “it’s the only thing that there’s just too little of.”



About osborne2029

I enjoy spending time with people just having a coffee or talking about life, philosophy, religion, politics or sharing a favorite joke or story. We learn from one another as we interact and share our joys, challenges and even our times of sadness. I enjoy reading, writing, singing and sharing in the blessing of community whether that is one on one or in groups. I'm married and am powned by two kitties named Sir William of Lounge a.k.a. Sir Lounge a Lot and Princess Catherine of Chaos a.k.a. Her Royal Highness Catherine of Englehart. I m in an M.A.-Ph.D program with St. James the Elder Theological Seminary to train to become a psychotherapist and priest. Let us pray for and reach out to each other with kindness, love and an embracing compassion. We can working together be servants with two open hands to those in need so that hate, indifference and inequality would lose and love will win. The peace and abounding joy of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

Posted on October 1, 2014, in compassion and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. At my doctor’s office, on the door before you go in, is a notice telling everyone not to come through the door if you have any kind of perfume on, because the lady that sits at the window is allergic to it. So, in light of reading your post, I never thought of NOT wearing it period for the sake of other people when I’m out and about….what it could cause to someone. Thanks for the enlightenment on this matter….it’s all natural for me now!

  2. I am deeply sorry that you’re suffering this way, Kevin. I read your later post and looked up your condition, which was one I’d never heard of. My mom has allergies to perfumes, so I’ve never been in the habit of wearing them, and an older friend at church couldn’t stay around people who wore anything scented; I’ve tried to be sensitive to those who are sensitive to scents. Their difficulties are nothing compared with yours, though.

    Thank you for the reminder that even something “small” (as a perfume lover might think of it) might cause great pain to another person. Loving others means that, even if I adore my perfume, I will not wear it so that others are not caused pain.

    Praying for you and Kathy, as well as for your doctors to have wisdom.

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