Three Years

Posted in Mixed Nuts, On Tthe Road on September 8th, 2010 by MadDog
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Yesterday marked the third anniversary of Madang – Ples Bilong Mi.  Today’s post will be a short one, as events are moving very rapidly here in Brisbane and I need to focus my energy elsewhere.

What I take with me today as I think of three years of this journal is the realisation of how much life can change and how suddenly that change can come about. Here in these posts, over the last three years, you have seen a celebration of life. Over the last few weeks the tone has understandably darkened

However, that does not mean that I am not still celebrating life. Though I cannot see the shape of my life to come, I must believe that I will somehow find some measure of joy again – some small measure.

Today, I give you an early picture from one of the first posts on Madang – Ples Bilong Mi  when Eunie, Val and I visited the USS Peleliu as it made a goodwill stop in Madang:

It’s not a good image, but this isn’t about photography. The expression on Eunie’s face is illustrative of the way she interacts with people. With Eunie, you always feel as if you are engaged with and the focus of her attention. I’m certain that this busy naval captain will remember the attention he received from Eunie three years ago.

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Two mornings ago I had the worst day of my life, so far. My son, Hans, and I had to tell Eunie that she was not going to be going back to Madang in the body that God has given her for her journey here on Earth. It was, by far, the hardest thing I have ever had to do.

I need to tell all of you, those who love Eunie and those who come to know her through reading my journal, that her days are very likely counted now on a single hand. That is the medical opinion. Our promise to her was to keep her from pain and love her forever.

Our sadness is, of course, immeasurable. However, in our system of belief, Eunie is merely crossing the final bridge to the place where she has always belonged. She believes this absolutely and is composed beyond belief.