As of today, I can blink my left eye. It still takes a bit of effort, but I can do it. I am really excited about this, because I will not have to tape my eyelid closed anymore.
I have not gained control of the left side of my mouth yet. However, I do occasionally feel my muscles twitch around my lips and nose. That is also a good sign.
I wanted to thank everyone for their prayers, well wishes, and positive thoughts. You guys have really helped keep my spirits up during this difficult time. I appreciate all of you.
I thought this poem was beautiful, so I decided to share it.
Do the angels sing in Heaven, Lord?
Will I hear music there?
Or must I stand in a corner
While others join in prayer?
While I wonder what they’re saying Lord,
As oft I do down here?
Must I sit in lonely stillness
While the bells ring loud and clear?
Can I read your lips in Heaven, Lord
Will I be brushed aside,
And stick my hands in pockets
Because of wounded pride?
Will all the saints there praise Thee,
While I in silence wait?
Will someone up in Heaven
Help me through the gate?
Then God, who loves the humble,
Whispered in the poor deaf ear
My child, has no one told you,
There is no silence here.
Hold out your hands, my little one,
For Heaven all to see.
We’ve heard them pray so many times,
Each prayer reached up to Me.
See, all the angels waiting.
The gates are open wide.
Your crown of life awaits you,
And I shall be your guide.
I have a song to give you,
You’ll sing both loud and clear.
And the song you sing, my dear one,
Will be the sweetest song up here.
-Doris Isbell Crowe, 1955
A prayer invokes the power of an outside force and it can be offered to a supreme being or to the universe in general. The person praying may be asking for something or expressing concern or may just be trying to communicate with a higher power.
Meditation involves focusing on one thing, such as breathing, a mantra, sounds, or anything else that the person desires. In meditation the goal is to silent the mind and relax the body. There is no attempt to communicate with an outside power.
Both Prayer and meditation have benefits. They can relax the body and promote a feeling of calmness. In today’s hectic world this could have a positive impact on your life.