Thursday, August 11, 2011


The Day Thou Gavest Lord Is Ended
The Choir of the Abbey School - Tewksbury

The day Thou gayest, Lord, is ended,
The darkness falls at Thy behest;
To Thee our morning hymns ascended,
Thy praise shall sanctify our rest.

We thank Thee that Thy church, unsleeping,
While earth rolls onward into light,
Through all the world her watch is keeping,
And rests not now by day or night.

As o’er each continent and island
The dawn leads on another day,
The voice of prayer is never silent,
Nor dies the strain of praise away.

The sun that bids us rest is waking
Our brethren ’neath the western sky,
And hour by hour fresh lips are making
Thy wondrous doings heard on high.

So be it, Lord; Thy throne shall never,
Like earth’s proud empires, pass away:
Thy kingdom stands, and grows forever,
Till all Thy creatures own Thy sway.

I am late today - the weather here has been glorious and for a good part of the morning I was out and about in it. Sunshine and blue sky (not a lot of warmth in the sun) but it was lovely.

I did some shopping this morning early, collected some flowers and went to visit a dear friend whose husband died last Sunday.
She is in care because she has Motor Neuron Disease and cannot do very much for herself.  She needs lifting, showering and dressing and right now her heart is broken and she is afraid.

We spent the morning talking about times gone by, lovely things that are important to her.  We laughed and we cried and tomorrow we will support her as she says her final goodbyes,

These things are all part of life but it was hard for me to see her thus.  What I see  before me is a little lady who is very frail and I sense her fear and on this Thankful Thursday I give thanks for the input she has had in my life and the kindnesses she has shown me over the years.  I am thankful too that she is receiving excellent care from lovely staff and that her room is pretty and filled with her photographs and trinkets.

It makes me thankful for all that I have and all that I can do.  I can go shopping, I can drive, shower myself and dress myself and don't have to be lifted for even the basic of human needs.  She has a motorized wheel chair and can travel by access cabs so next week we are going to have a shopping excursion to buy her some new underwear - and we are going to have coffee out too.  I will meet her at the shopping complex and be sure she is back safely in her cab after our excursion.  Such a little thing to do for someone who has done so much for me.

I am off to bed now to try to get some sleep as it will be another big day for me tomorrow, but I shall attend this service with a grateful heart and give thanks for the man I was proud to call friend.

Farewell Jim you were a good man.

Wherever you are - give thanks for your friends and the kindnesses they show you and store the memories because they will serve you well.

Thank you for visiting the Musings from My Heart.

Love and hugs,

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