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Savings Is About More Than Money

April 13, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 112

I am a member of an extraordinary family - not only do the eight of us ranging from ages 63 down to 45 enjoy the ongoing support of each other. Our parents also taught us, particularly our Mother, that even in times of stress and emotional negativity, we were brothers and sisters and that nothing was to ever separate us.

Over the years, we've had our share of crises. In 1993 at the age of 37 I suffered a nervous breakdown and severe depression. My brothers and sisters were right there to support me through the darkest nights and days of my life, nourishing me with not only financial support but more importantly, emotional and spiritual food - the most powerful being unconditional love.

I had forgotten that just a few years later in 1995 my brother, Tommy, suffered his own scare from a heart problem that led to a pacemaker at the age of 37.

Throughout these and other illnesses that crossed our paths, our Mother was always there with her faith and her love.

But not until recently did I discover the depth of that faith and the impact her power would have on us children for generations to come.

Shortly after New Year's, one of my sister's was diagnosed with breast cancer. She would learn a few weeks later that a double mastectomy was necessary.

Just a few short days later, I was told after two separate PSA'S that there was a 1 in 4 chance I had prostate cancer.

The dreaded "C" word had crashed through the front door of our generation before the New Year's fireworks had fizzled and like a bandit, made off with our sense of invulnerability.

When I told someone of our condition and the impending circumstances surrounding, many called me a pessimist and urged me to think positive, to be strong in faith.

I have always had an aversion to this sort of thinking, mainly because no matter how positive or faith filled one is, mortality will always come knocking at one's door - if not today, then soon thereafter. Life is truly very short - and in an instant, we have moved from a free spirited 19 year old to a 50 year old manifestation of Alfie's great question, "what's it all about?"

And so as I continued to wonder about our mortality, I found myself frozen in fear with an impending cloud of doom over my head; that is, until an email message showed up from the "Pace Maker."

As the shock of the raid on our health, my sister's in particular, was absorbing our family's inner strength, my brother Tommy, who I referred to earlier, wrote to all of us.

In his letter, he slowed our pace down long enough to reflect on the gift of faith our Mother offered. As my mother used to love singing, "it only takes a spark to keep a fire going", she indeed passed on her spark during his sickness.

Tommy passed on the strength of her faith that he had received 16 years ago.

As they got older, both my parents had suffered from several illnesses, my Mother from a brain aneurysm and my Father from colon/prostate cancer as well as a heart attack.

I'd like to share the letter with my readers this month, as March always symbolizes hope and the coming of spring.

I pray it moves you in whatever way you find worthy of your unique journey through this mortal life.

I send it not to convert anyone to Christianity or to her particular avenue of faith, but because as she aged, she seemed to become almost mystical in her musings about God and life. Such a mysticism can be lacking in our age of conformity.

I also send it because after reading this 16 year old letter, I was not only grateful to her for writing it. I was equally grateful to Tommy for "saving" it.

For indeed, the dividends of hope are far superior to any bank account drawing interest.

Would that our attitude toward what we save in life be more reflective of our spiritual growth.

I remind my readers that this letter was written by a woman who suffered much through her developmental years and had only reached an 8th grade formal education.

Dear Tommy, As I sit here reading my Bible, I came across one verse that helped me most of all when me and Dad got sick. I thought you might feel the same as I do and look at life's suffering/sickness differently. It is one of the great Christian quotations and is found in 2nd Corinthians chapter 12 - where St Paul says "WHEN I AM WEAK THEN I AM STRONG"..... the weaker and older I get Tommy, the stronger I get spiritually. I pray in all things I continue on this path, whatever happens. I use it to praise the Lord of heaven and earth. I pray you will also use your sickness to make you "better" not worse. Some people become "bitter" I became "Better". I believe you will become "Better" in all you say & do. JESUS is my best friend, my best Doctor. I can see him more clearly now because he is LOVE. He has opened my eyes to see, my ears to hear, my heart and tongue to proclaim him Lord, King of Kings through his love on earth. I believe that Jesus will come again and save us from all evil and all sickness. When he comes he will destroy Satan's power. Heaven will then be on earth - Luke chapter 21-v 25. Tommy, no one has ever seen God and no one ever will see him because God is "LOVE" and your eyes cannot can only see with the heart. Remember to pray always and in everything you do, and never forget to say "THANK YOU JESUS". You are first in my life no matter what.

Note from my brother Tommy: "She hand wrote this back on Oct.19,1995 when I had to have a pacemaker placed in my heart... and I keep it with me in my Bible because that's where she would have wanted it to be. Every time I read it I just feel so much better because she was such a saint."

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