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Tearing with Tears

December 28, 2013


I’ve experienced a new dimension in salty trials.


For every one shall be salted with fire,

and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt.

Mark 9: 48


It is not only a sweating experience to undergo difficulties and hardships:

there are always powerful emotions involved,

which means tears.


I’ve been in hospital.

I waited for hours to get in,

have been sitting in a waiting room, in a pool of cold sweat,

crying quietly.

My tired tears just poured out.

– What can I do?

Always waiting,

and bad things happens anyway.


I had to stay there,

because of an infection.

Inflammation is not visible on the surface, it is inside.

Operation wound opened up and some tissue fluid came out.


The problem is,

that specialists are not at work during the Christmas holidays.

I got antibiotics,

and I’m happy they are working,

but the operation area is still swollen.


They were really friendly to me in the surgery ward – again.

Most of the nurses know me now,

they remember my complicated diet

and my strong aversion against hospitals.


The surgery was calm,

because most of the patients had gone home for Christmas.

I had a book with me,

a boring one,

so I drew on one of the pages instead.

I was thinking about all these beautiful prayers I get,

about the The convent of the Bridgettine sisters

and their concern about me – and they barely know me!

I’m immensely grateful,

but still crying.


For every one shall be salted with fire,

and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt.

Mark 9: 48


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