Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Happy Birthday to Me!

There's a little book that I like to read to give me a boost--

with quotes for each day of the year.

Last Nov. when I found out my cancer had returned, I opened the book to my birthday, looking for words to cheeer me up
(the first part isn't so bad, it's the second paragraph I have trouble with):
Consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. (Mosiah 2:41)

What a wonderful thing is death, really, when all is said and done. It is the great reliever. It is a majestic, quiet passing on from this life to another life, a better life. We go to a place where we will not suffer as we have suffered here, but where we will continue to grow, accumulating knowledge and developing and being useful under the plan of the Almighty made possible through the atonement of the Son of God.
It really is a good quote, but somehow it wasn't comforting. I'm sure it's meant for someone else--not me!

Overall it was a good day--and I enjoyed spending time with my family and talking with friends.


Kamille said...

Jen - Maybe this will give you some peace. My dad died yesterday. How amazing was it for me to pull up your blog today and have those words of comfort there for me. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Jenn, Happy Birthday! I'm just so sad that I didn't know. Damn that I work full time. Damn that work gets in my way. Damn on me for forgetting. Did I say Damn enough? Anyway, Happy Birthday to a wonderful lady. Looks like you have been having some fun with friends. Love ya. Con

Abby said...

You are a shining star. I have missed you since we moved and was so sad to hear that your cancer had done that nasty little trick. Thanks for doing the blog. I feel like I want to do something, anything at all for you. What do you need? Call me when you are too tired to do some errand or other and I will go for you. I know you'll come up with something, someday. Do you need cards? I could make you some Thank You notes. (But I'll do that anyway, unless you hate handmade cards - then tell me - and think of something else that I can do for you.
I hear you've been able to exercise and I know how much you love that. I was really happy for you, for that small blessing.

tatum said...

happy late birthday jen. i am humbled by reading your blog and am so glad you are honest with how you feel, it helps me through trials i go through. your curse blesses others in a twisted unfair way. i think you are amazing

Tamra said...

Your blog is amazing and inspirational! Such optimism in the face of such horrific trials unthinkable to me. Thank you so much for sharing your story and inspiring me to continue making positive changes in my life! You are in our prayers!