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NOW I UNDERSTAND
My friend was so depressed, Her world was in distress, I lent my ear and hand But I didn't really understand. Until I didn't soundly sleep, Years of tormented menses finally ceased, The first time in my life to brood, And then I truly understood. My husband survived three surgeries Recuperating slowly by degrees, I worked to help make ends meet, Our family never missed a beat. Until gall bladder surgery, you see -- There were three tubes attached to me, My digestive system never the same since, Then I understood and winced. Our niece cried with MS pain, so hard, I sympathized with her, sent gifts and cards, Her affliction and misery accelerated, I didn't understand why it never dissipated. Until I could walk only with angst recently, How could this ever happen to me? Arthritis crept up with a vengeance, Now I understood with some vehemence. It's God's plan today and tomorrow For us to follow in His path of sorrow; I do thank God for all the agony, Now I understand with empathy. In life, we all must learn To follow in His footsteps; Joy, glory, pain and sorrow to earn The way to heaven's doorstep.
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