Epihany, The Trio, And A Sombering Reminder

6 01 2008

Today, the Christian Orthodox Church celebrates Epihany.  Jim had to work.  I didn’t feel like I could stand through a long service.  Vera decided to stay home with me.  Our friend Mary, filled up a couple of jars of blessed water for us. ( She went to the services at Ft. Campbell and filled our jars from their blessed water). Mary, Jim, Vera and I usually attend our parish in Murfreesboro, Tn.  When we can’t get there, we enjoy visiting the community of Ft. Campbell, Ky.  Fr. Peter and Fr. Isaiah are both army chaplains there.  We are grateful for friends at both parishes. 

The Orthodox Study Bible describes Epiphany like this:  The Spirit of God hovered over the water at the first creation (Gen. 1:2).  Now, the Holy Spirit comes in the form of a dove to anoint the Messiah ,the Son of God, at the beginning of the new creation.  Jesus does not become the Son of God this  day; rather, in His baptism the eternal Son of God is revealed to all humanity.  The Holy Spirit always rests on Him The feast day of Epiphany (a manifestation or revelation), or Theophany ( a manifestation of God), commemorates this day and points to the age to come.”

The trio are Rudy (12 lbs of trouble), Ticky, Rudy’s sidekick, and Sam, the cat.  Sam lost his best cat friend last Christmas.  Jack had been with us for 13 years.  Around Thanksgiving of 2006, I noticed that one of his front paws bled a great deal.  I took him to our vet.  She told me that it was probably cancer and that it most likely had already spread to other areas of his body.  We didn’t feel that we should put a great deal of money into a 13 year old cat.  We had him on antibiotics to help with the infection.  By Christmas, he was vomiting up blood. Two days after Christmas, we had Jack put down.  It was a sad day.

Sam , we could tell ,was very heartbroken.  He would travel through our home just whining and looking for Jack.  That was his best buddy.  However, Sam has learned to lean on the dogs.  He travels wherever they go in the house.  He likes to nap with Ticky.  Sometimes , they all nap together.  If the two dogs are in the family room with me, often Sam will be whining throughout the house. I yell out:”Sam, we’re in here!”  Soon he comes to be with us.  Sam has gotten fat this past year.  He can no longer jump on my kitchen counters anymore.  So the trio usually travel together throughout the house–giving us a fair amount of entertainment each day.  Last night, we decided to see if the trio would eat broccoli.  Rudy loved it.  She just couldn’t get enough.  Ticky, slowly ate her piece.  Sam ate a vew crumbs.  Maybe that will be good cancer protection for them, also.

Speaking of broccoli, in a post earlier this week, I mentioned how wonderful broccoli is for fighting cancer and for prevention of cancer.  All that information is true.  However, we must follow our medical doctors orders along with good eating.  On Friday night, just before going to bed, I read the Susan G. Koman Story. She was just 33, when she was diagnosed  with breast cancer.  Her surgeon pronounced her cured after surgery.  She truly thought that she was.  Six months later, the cancer returned with a brutality.  Susan lost her life a couple of years later.  Upon her deathbed, Susan asked her sister to let the world know the mistakes she had made and to work on educating women about breast cancer.  Susan’s complete story can be found at:

http://cms.komen.org/komen/AboutUs/SusanGKomensStory/index.htm

Although I received good news that my lymph nodes are clean and clear–abosolutely no one has told me that I’m cured.  I went to bed sort of scared Friday evening.  My idea of cancer  in the past was fairly shallow.  I knew it spread but I didn’t realize how sneaky and vicious those cancer cells are.  I don’t ever want to appear arrogant or a know it all.  I’m learning many wonderful things about nuitrition and about cancer treatments.  However, I’m not the specialist.  I will see my oncologist for regular checkups.  So reading Susan’s story was a reminder to me –to continue to take care of myself.  It was also a reminder to me of how vicious cancer is. 

May God bless each of you!

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