Posted on June 28, 2012 in Death and Dying

"She did what she could do"

On another note, one of my mentors, Murray Haar, at the peak of craziness post-accident, told me that one of his favorite NT tales is of the woman who anointed Jesus.

The disciples were upset at her lavish waste of nard.

Jesus was upset at the disciples.

“She did what she could do,” Jesus said to them.

Murray pointed out that she couldn’t save Jesus from crucifixion, but she could anoint him King.

The point was, of course, that I couldn’t completely heal my son, and tend to both children, and write all the papers, and grade all the exams, and get all the grocery shopping done, and maintain my house, and even maintain my sanity.

But I could figure out what I could do, and I could do that.

I’ve taken a respite from OMG blogging to tend to my mother and father in the wake of her cancer diagnosis, to finish our move, and to play with my children in the summer sun.

I can’t do it all, but I can do what I can do.

I thank you all for your prayers and concern about my mother.

The recovery from the surgery is a kicker. ┬áBut that said, all nodes were cancer-free, all margins were cancer-free, and they won’t even do chemo or radiation because there is no need to.

She’s going to come through this one.

Mom said, “Anna, cancer is now no longer a word, but is an experience.”

It is that.



An apology for the lack of blog offerings–though maybe it was a fine respite for you all!

I was just doing what I could do, and these days, I think I can do a bit more.

May you also go do what you can do.

  1. Erika Lehmann on June 28, 2012

    Of course, you can’t do everything at once! Live the life you’ve got. We enjoy your blogs when you write them, but are not waiting with bated breath for the next one! And today there are two at once, so you can coast awhile.

    • OMG on June 28, 2012

      Thank you, Erika! I love writing them, so it feels good to be back.

  2. Diane Roth on June 29, 2012

    Do what you can do.

    And thanks for the reminder to me, as well.

    • OMG on July 16, 2012

      It’s sort of a daily reminder to me as well. I am baptized, and I am finite. Frustrating and freeing at the same time!

  3. Troy on July 12, 2012

    Thinking of you and your family.

    • OMG on July 16, 2012

      I thank you.

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