One of my favorite quotations comes from the writings of English mystic Julian of Norwich: “…All shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well.”
In any day, life hiccups and things go bump in the night. But over the course of a lifetime, all does indeed become well.
And so it seems is Max, who gave us quite a scare yesterday. Max is home now, after a battery of tests and after more than a little stress to this poodle mom. Yesteday the vet had no clue what could be the source of Max’s latest malady. Today the official diagnosis is Addison’s, which means Max’s body manufactures no cortisone. Yes, none. Did it stop all at once? Was the cortisone spigot operating on Friday noon and turned off six hours later? That’s how quick it seemed to happen. One moment Max is his bouncy self; the next a limp rag.
I really try not to worry over that which I’ve no control. Sometimes this is easier said than done, like last night. I woke up in the dead of night to remember Max. And before drifting back to sleep, I whispered a quick prayer. And even though it was brief, I told God exactly what I wanted for Max; none of this ‘thy will be done’ business.
I wish I could have the faith of St. Julian that all shall be well. Then I wouldn’t feel this need to give God a helping hand with shaping answers to my prayers. Maybe that’s why I prefer, or maybe why I feel I am at my best, when I pray without words.
When I pray with words, I’m slumming. But not so with Julian. Her words, like the poets, soar. And they help lift me up — out of the slum of my own words — to heaven, I guess. And God, I hope.
And ushered into the presence of God, with love in my eyes and no words on the tongue, here is the part where I thank God that Max will soon be all well. God’s good at reading minds and hearts.