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Rocks Along My Road
The TV was on as I moved about
cleaning the house. I heard the
man say ¡°I¡¯m alive, do you know what that
I remember thinking what an interesting ques-
tion. I thought I knew what that meant. It was
a question that was to play many times in my
thoughts over the ensuing year and a half.
In early June 2017, I left the emergency room
at our local hospital-stunned. I had expected an
infection dx, instead the dx was cancer.
Sitting in the car I reached out for God then
phoned husband. He was waiting for me as I
drove up our driveway. Dazed we held on to
each other no words were spoken.
At that very moment the first of the many im-
movable rocks were laid down in my life that
day. I held on.
Plans had been made, previously, to attend a
Miracle on the Mountain Conference near Ft.
Worth Texas. Putting all aside we attended.
We listened and learned, we worshiped, we
prayed. I was prayed for. Husband and I re-
turned to Grand Junction ready to fight the
Much thought was given towards the next step.
A decision was made. We would seek medical
care at the University of Colorado in Aurora,
CO. We met with an amazing cancer team, tests
were done, a plan was made.
We arrived home with hope, a vision and a
small pill that I would take daily for the follow-
ing year.
The nights were sometimes difficult. Times
were, as I lay in the very quiet darkness, the
cold wind would beat against window panes,
fear would arise, thoughts of what if what if
kept me company. Yet and yet I continued to
hang on steadfast in knowing that husband,
children, grandchildren and friends held me in
their thoughts and prayers constantly.
They were the immoveable rocks along my
One by one the tumors began to shrink, finally
disappearing completely until only one small
lump remained. It was removed with minor sur-
gery 6 weeks ago. Radiation was recommended
as ¡°insurance¡±. Seven more treatments and I
will be done and ¡°free to go¡±.
I am very aware, as I continue to walk out my
place on this earth, of the steadfast rocks along
my path, and how incredibly blessed I have
been because they have been there for me. And
yes, in answer to the question ¡°I¡¯m alive, do you
know what that means?¡±, I think I do...
The journey
wind and rain will
the sun will go
the sun will arise
stay the path.
Wishing you ALL a very Merry Christmas and a
prosperous New Year. -k
(Karen Schafer lives in Naturita and writes
about life in Colorado)
The Reading Room 2018 December/January
Pg 5 - The Sunshine Express
Treasures From The Inbox
If you get email, you
get stuff. Sometimes
it is spam, sometimes
it is a true gem.
Here is one of those
gems worth sharing:
Helpless Love
Once upon a time, all feelings and emotions
went to a coastal island for a vacation.
According to their nature, each was having a
good time. Suddenly, a warning of an impend-
ing storm was announced and everyone was
advised to evacuate the island.
The announcement caused sudden panic. All
rushed to their boats. Even damaged boats
were quickly repaired and commissioned for
Yet, Love did not wish to flee quickly. There was
so much to do. But as the clouds darkened,
Love realised it was time to leave.
Alas, there were no boats to spare. Love looked
around with hope.
Just then Prosperity passed by in a luxurious
Love shouted, ¡°Prosperity, could you please take
me in your boat?¡±
¡°No,¡± replied Prosperity, ¡°my boat is full of pre-
cious possessions, gold and silver. There is no
place for you.¡±
A little later Vanity came by in a beautiful boat.
Again Love shouted, ¡°Could you help me, Van-
ity? I am stranded and need a lift. Please take
me with you.¡±
Vanity responded haughtily, ¡°No, I cannot take
you with me. My boat will get soiled with your
muddy feet.¡±
Sorrow passed by after some time.
Again, Love asked for help. But it was to no
avail. ¡°No, I cannot take you with me. I am so
sad. I want to be by myself.¡±
When Happiness passed by a few minutes later,
Love again called for help. But Happiness was
so happy that it did not look around, hardly
concerned about anyone.
Love was growing restless and dejected.
Just then somebody called out, ¡°Come Love, I
will take you with me.¡± Love did not know who
was being so magnanimous, but jumped on to
the boat, greatly relieved that she would reach
a safe place.
On getting off the boat, Love met Knowledge.
Puzzled, Love inquired, ¡°Knowledge, do you
know who so generously gave me a lift just
when no one else wished to help?¡±
Knowledge smiled, ¡°Dear Love, that was Time.¡±
¡°Why would Time stop to pick me up and take
me to safety when no other would?¡± Love won-
dered aloud.
Knowledge smiled with deep wisdom and
replied, ¡°Because only Time knows your true
greatness and that only Love can bring peace
and great happiness in this world.¡±
¡°The message is that when we are prosperous,
we overlook love. When we feel important, we
forget love. Even in happiness and sorrow we
forget love.
Only with time do we truly grasp the great
importance of love.
(Author Unknown)
We Three Kings of Orient are,
Bearing gifts we traverse afar,
Field and fountain,
Moor and mountain,
Following yonder star.
O Star of wonder, Star of night,
Star with Royal Beauty bright,
Westward leading.
Still proceeding,
Guide us to Thy perfect Light.
Gaspard: Born a king on Bethlehem plain,
Gold I bring to crown Him again;
King forever,
Ceasing never
Over us all to reign.
O Star of wonder, Star of night,
Star with Royal Beauty bright,
Westward leading.
Still proceeding,
Guide us to Thy perfect Light.
Melchior: Frankincense to offer have I,
Incense owns a deity nigh;
Prayer and praising
All men raising,
Worship Him God on high.
O Star of wonder, Star of night,
Star with Royal Beauty bright,
Westward leading.
Still proceeding,
Guide us to Thy perfect Light.
Balthazar: Myrrh is mine; its bitter perfume
Breathes a life of gathering gloom;
Sorrowing, sighing,
Bleeding, dying,
Sealed in a stone-cold tomb.
O Star of wonder, Star of night,
Star with Royal Beauty bright,
Westward leading.
Still proceeding,
Guide us to Thy perfect Light.
Glorious now behold Him arise,
King and God, and Sacrifice;
Heav¡¯n sings Allelujah:
The earth replies.
(Christmas in Poetry: Carols & Poems, 1922)
Hark! The herald-angels sing, ¡°Glory to
the newborn king;
Peace on earth and mercy mild, God and
sinners reconciled¡±
Joyful all ye nations rise, Join the triumph of
the skies,
With the angelic host proclaim, ¡°Christ is
born in Bethlehem¡±
Hark! The herald-angels sing, ¡°Glory to the
new-born king¡±
(¡®Carols for Choirs¡¯, 1961)
Positively Karen
Star Of Wonder