Wednesday, 30 July 2014

they also serve who only stands and wait

mam went all her life to church and she wants to pray but she wants to do it together with somebody
who is a Christian too. she really is confused and I'm often the object of 
her psychoses so that's is not helping when I try to read her something from the bible
her suspiousness makes her  sometimes angry and when I sit with her to read from bible, she and your talks about god...go away.( by the way my church time is 40 years or so gone)
my friend  Clemy, a former nun, working amongst the poorest people in Nigeria, is a big help here
although she's roman catholic and mam is not , she is wanted for her religieus autority 
this time they talked about a line in a poem from Milton:
they understood each other so wel

they also serve who only stands and wait


When I consider how my light is spent 
Ere half my days in this dark world and wide, 
And that one talent which is death to hide 
Lodg'd with me useless, though my soul more bent 
To serve therewith my Maker, and present 
My true account, lest he returning chide, 
"Doth God exact day-labour, light denied?" 
I fondly ask. But Patience, to prevent 
That murmur, soon replies: "God doth not need 
Either man's work or his own gifts: who best 
Bear his mild yoke, they serve him best. His state 
Is kingly; thousands at his bidding speed 
And post o'er land and ocean without rest: 
They also serve who only stand and wait."

John Milton


Sweetpea said...

A most beautiful post, Yvette .... thank you.
There is much to think about.

Fresca said...

How wonderful (sad, but wonderful).

It reminds me of a friend whose grandmother had Alzheimers.
The grandmother couldn't talk to people anymore, but my friend took her to a church that still says Mass in Latin, and the grandmother, who grew up with Latin services, could say all the correct responses in Latin and seemed to enjoy it.

Mo Crow said...

deep thoughts on the beautiful fragility of this one wild life each of us are gifted with

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

to serve a mother is for some
of us Just to stand and wait