I am grateful that this moment is not all there is.  No matter who we are or what we believe, we have eternity within us.  Our bodies may be mortal, but our souls are not.  I am thinking of that John Wesley quote – that one that goes, “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”  I love it so much because it breaks it down for us, makes doing good sound simple, easy.  Do what you’re capable of.  God take care of the rest.

Beginnings don’t matter as much as endings, but they DO matter, because without beginnings, how do you get endings?  Our beginnings define us every bit as much as our endings do.  And of course, the stuff in the middle matters as well.  Right now, I am deep in the middle of my fight against childhood cancer.

I am grateful for victories – MGA making a True Hope bald doll, Mattel for finally giving in and making a bald “friend of Barbie,” for the people who don’t give up, the people who have started a letter-writing campaign for the children who have lost their fight here on earth and for the children who continue to fight.  Not all of them will rally, but if, by writing letters to state governors, we can get people’s attention on a national scale, then we will have done something.

This world can be a pretty awful place sometimes, but every now and then, someone comes along and shines a light where before there was darkness, and you’re blinded by the obviousness of what you have to do.   Baby steps, right?  That’s how it starts.  We do what we can, and sooner or later, people will start noticing, and come to help out.

At least, that is my prayer.


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