Sharing with others daily words, thoughts and meditations that bring myself hope and renewal during my own daily battles and frustrations with COPD/Asthma.  Sharing, because as we all know – without that horizon of hope, our daily renewal of faith and fight can dim in a hurry.

Take, read, meditate and hopefully find some of the same hope in your daily battles with a chronic illness and/or disability as I have within mine….

The Word – “Why are you so afraid?  Do you still have no faith?” (Mark 4:31, NIV)

The Thought – Something that I feel pretty confident that most everyone who had been diagnosed with a chronic illness and/or disability, has discovered a new level of the word afraid.

When I had my massive heart attack, I learned quickly what being afraid truly felt like as I pondered all that was going on in the short period of time just before I literally ‘died’ on the gurney.  At moments like that, so many people, places and things flow through your mind that it can almost be overwhelming.

A heart attack is something one can bounce back from by watching diet and exercise, but when I was diagnosed with a long term chronic illness like COPD (to add to my severe asthma) the amount of being afraid once again seemed to fill every cell in my body.

But what is being afraid all about?  Is it just that we don’t know the unknown, the future?  Is it the worry about leaving this thing we call earth and leaving family, friends and places behind?

When we take time in meditation with the ‘Great Spirits’ and truly listen to the guidance and wisdom that is offered, we find that being afraid is part of the human experience while also being unnecessary for being afraid will rob a person of the opportunity to enjoy the four fundamentals of life and happiness – hope, faith, love and grace.

When we have the hope, faith, love and grace in our daily living there should be no reason for being afraid.

The Meditation/Prayer –  As we take a moment to rest in meditation, we look to the ‘Great Spirits’ with much gratitude for all that surrounds us in the walk we call life here on this wonderful gift called Earth.  ‘Great Spirits’, let us leave all our worries and fears at your feet, while listening within the quiet for the touch guidance and wisdom as we travel the constant path of life in search of a solid hold of the four fundamentals of life and happiness.  Help us notice what we may or may not need to do in order to work past those bites of life that make us afraid, so that we can get full enjoyment and fulfillment from hope, faith, love and grace.

With that we all say Hallelujah, Amen.

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