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Listening and trust (being a caregiver)

Posted by markdohle , 09 September 2012 · 446 views
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Listening and trust
(being a caregiver)



One of the most difficult aspects in care-giving is to know when to step in for the good of ones charge and when to let them be…even if the situation can be precarious in some ways. As long as someone is not in a cognitive state where they can’t take care of themselves,...


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Little one

Posted by markdohle , 08 September 2012 · 204 views

Little one


Though you fail,
fall,
I will raise you up,
for love calls you,
mercy infinite,
saying,
love yourself,
have compassion as I the infinite have,
love yourself as you love your neighbor,
have mercy on yourself
as you do on those around...


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Compassionate cruelty

Posted by markdohle , 07 September 2012 · 237 views

Compassionate cruelty

Some think faith a fairy tale,
an escape from the truth of the starkness of life,
padding,
protecting one from reality,
when in fact the opposite is true.

The infinite is a fearful thought,
something without end or beginning,
bottomless,
some believe that love is its revelation.

Human love can cause some...


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The mystery of the Christian path

Posted by markdohle , 06 September 2012 · 253 views

The mystery of the Christian path


I am almost 64 years old and after years of pondering over the mystery of the death of Christ Jesus on the cross, I can honestly say that my understanding is still deficient.  I get some glimmer, then I lose it and left with groping and more seeking, calling on the Holy Spirit to enlighten me deeper.  ...


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The turn of a dime

Posted by markdohle , 05 September 2012 · 235 views

The turn of a dime

One moment,
a second,
everything can change,
the turn of a dime is all it takes.

Anxiety is often a rational response
to the fickleness
that is the warp and weave of our lives,
which can seem so permanent,
yet each day many find this to be false,
a lie,
though one that gives comfort,
and without it we would freeze,
hide and...


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Bittersweet

Posted by markdohle , 05 September 2012 · 345 views

Bittersweet



Sometimes when I awake in the middle of night, and can’t go back to sleep, memories often rise to the surface, that I usually don’t revert to in my normal waking life.  I guess when just awakening, and...


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Gracefully

Posted by markdohle , 05 September 2012 · 181 views

Gracefully

As they diminish those I care for,
they become so dependent,
helpless,
that it rings out my heart,
yet I know that it is their gift,
allowing others to care for them,
making room for compassion and empathy to grow,
for humanity too deepen;
hopefully when my time comes
I to will be able to gracefully allows others to care for me




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Soon gone

Posted by markdohle , 04 September 2012 · 300 views

Soon gone

We each go about our day
Sometimes present and aware, at others not,
Often thinking those we love are forever.
So we often becoming immune to their presence,
Taken for granted like furniture,
Always there, needing little attention or care,
Often careless in what is said,
Communication of any depth not sought or desired,
Don’t we...


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Nephew

Posted by markdohle , 04 September 2012 · 234 views

Nephew

My nephew came for a visit yesterday,
my younger brother’s son,
(We share the same name)
all grown up, 33 years old,
could see my siblings face and mannerisms
when Mark spoke.

As we conversed, I begin to see aspects of myself,
for though we are very different,
we share a great deal of DNA.

As he spoke I found that he thought in ways
familiar...


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reaching

Posted by markdohle , 03 September 2012 · 253 views

reaching


sometimes to simply reach,
waiting for a response,
can be the bravest thing to do




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Life

Posted by markdohle , 03 September 2012 · 239 views

Life

Life is life
it seems to have it own rules,
there are times when suffering comes,
others when happiness blooms,
both are passing,
so is health,
beauty,
wealth for most,
if not,
it often brings more sorrow than joy,
yet we love and cling to it so.

If all things are passing,
the good and the bad,
our very lives,
our loved ones also...


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About Philip

Posted by markdohle , 02 September 2012 · 287 views

About Philip
(Died in 07)


Philip’s good days now outnumber the bad,
he is mostly mellow, smiling at everyone
calling each by different names throughout the day,
at times he even gets the names right,
though most of the time we carry some image of his past,
people that he loved now gone, yet for him they are still there.

At...


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To be

Posted by markdohle , 01 September 2012 · 238 views

To be


Beauty flows like a healing balm in a world often filled with pain.
Music with its gentle melodies soothing the soul into contemplation,
Or a more rapid crescendo, leading to the simple joy of movement
Causing the body to come alive with the ecstatic joy of existence,
Flying effortless with...


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The great obstacle

Posted by markdohle , 01 September 2012 · 279 views

The great obstacle

(notes for a talk)


Fear is the greatest obstacle to either doing God’s will,
or if seeking discernment, in finding it.


God’s will is not something we find somewhere else,
looking for some outward sign,
(even it at times it can happen…. though rarely).

I doubt...


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So we prayed together

Posted by markdohle , 31 August 2012 · 231 views

So we prayed together
(Old writing, about five years old)


William was restless last night, taking incessantly without pause, or perhaps any reflection,
on and on. So I move him to another area, for Jerome was sitting there forced to listen.
I took him to his room, which at times helps, being...


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Finding God's will (notes on a talk I am giving)

Posted by markdohle , 31 August 2012 · 283 views

Finding God’s will

(Notes for a talk)



At times it can seem like finding God’s will for some people is like going to an Easter egg hunt. Looking under bushes and rocks, seeking to find the God’s will written out in bold letters:  “This is it, my will”….”you win”. Of course...


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Abudant life

Posted by markdohle , 30 August 2012 · 281 views

Abundant life


What does it mean to have ‘abundant life’; the life that Jesus seeks to give us?  He speaks of living waters that will flow out of our hearts.  He is the living water, so this abundant life is talking about union with God, becoming one with God in Christ Jesus.  Often times our faith can come across as stilted,...


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Fiction and life

Posted by markdohle , 29 August 2012 · 181 views

Fiction and life



I have always loved fictional writings. Stories of another life, being able to get inside and see existence from the perspective of the people in the book, getting to know them and in the finale analysis, to be able to understand why they are, the way they are. Some say the fiction is not real, but actually it is. Since...


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Who do we listen to?

Posted by markdohle , 29 August 2012 · 281 views

Who do we listen to?

I have at times been mocked for being a sheep, which is of course meant to be an insult for Christians.  Many think that we don’t think for ourselves and that we blindly follow our shepherd Jesus…..in other words we are brainwashed.  Of course...


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A maze

Posted by markdohle , 28 August 2012 · 321 views

A maze


His mind a maze that he gets lost in,
trapped in the corridors of his past,
seeking to relive moments impossible to change,
looping back over and over again.