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A Ride on Life’s Roller Coaster

July 27, 2007


Chers Amis,

What a crazy ride this summer has been!  A two-month roller coaster of on again, off again relocation, career shifts and a loop-de-loo of mammogram results and biopsies.  I have hesitated posting altogether until I knew which way was up,  if the ride had come to a full stop, and if I was still in the carriage.  Whew!  Here I am back where I started in our little moulin – without a ‘A Vendre’ For Sale sign in the front ivy (hooray!), with a clean bill of health, and just a healing needle prick mark.

I learned so much about attachment,abandonment and flexibility this summer.  As our situation rose and plunged, I kept thinking back to this  stunning video of Hurricane Katrina.   The footage shows the enormous waves engulfing the coast and winds scouring the buildings.  Amidst it all are three pelicans calmly bobbing in the water, nonplussed by the storm or its debris.  Should we move?  Should we stay?  What is His will?  Am I open to it?  Should I worry about these tests?  Have we made the right decisions? I knew I needed to be like those pelicans, riding the swells up and
down with faith, trusting that no matter what category the storm, I was
not alone.  It was part of God’s often mysterious plan. Thanks to all my friends (and sisters)  that listened to me, prayed for us, and buoyed me along.  You are so very, very appreciated and loved. The summer is nearly over, but it is just the beginning of a new year.  I don’t know what it will bring –  a lot of change on some fronts and some difficulties, but I am confident that if I just keep those pelicans in mind God will do the rest.

— Marjorie

6 Comments leave one →
  1. July 27, 2007 9:27 am

    Oh Marjorie, I am feeling happy for you and sorry for your troubles all at the same time! (The happiness is definitely winning out, though.)

    What strikes me most about this post is:

    1. Your beautiful faith, and
    2. The symbolism of the pelican, who provides her own blood to her young when no other food is available, and who as such became associated with the love of Our Lord and the Eucharist!

    Great stuff.

    You are such a honey. You’re close in my thoughts & prayers today–prayers of thanksgiving, I might add!

  2. July 27, 2007 10:06 pm

    Thank you for sharing this. I loved your thoughts about how we should trust in God like the pelican. You’ve evidentally been through a lot the past few months, but God has been faithful and it sounds like you are stronger because of it! To God be the glory!

  3. July 29, 2007 1:23 am

    Praise God for the good news. No wonder we haven’t heard much from you this summer. Thanks for sharing your faith with us in this post.

  4. kristin permalink
    July 29, 2007 11:35 pm

    Boo Hoo for those of us in TN. But I’m so happy for your family! And praise God for your positive biopsy results. God bless!

  5. July 31, 2007 9:29 pm

    Well, I for one am so very glad you are staying! You bring so much joy to all of us who have the privilage of living near you. Besides, who else can cut the biscuts, fresh out of the oven, with no oven mitt when we have parish breakfast duty on 5th Sundays?

    I am also very glad to hear your biopsy came back clear. Two years ago I went through something similar. Never had to have a biopsy, but there was a lump found that didn’t feel quite right to the dr. so then there was an ultrasound, a follow up visit and then a visit to a specialist just to make sure. Those appointments and results could not come fast enough.

    A truly beautiful post! You have amazing faith. Thanks for sharing!

  6. hélène permalink
    August 19, 2007 3:11 pm

    Je suis super contente pour vous tous !

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