Sunday, September 13, 2009

Prayer in the form of peanut butter. And chocolate.

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Everyone I know who has the disease chooses to live.

Vic chooses to live.

Determined, stately, strong. Spitting at the malevolent face of cancer.

Surviving.

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The man with the gentle puddle of soulful blue eyes.

Has the steel of a Vietnam Veteran behind them. A marine.

This propels him. His family propels him. A life-force field.

He lives.

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I?

I can cook…I can bake. Yes I can do that.

Peanut butter? Chocolate? Creamy?

Yes. I can do that. Happily…

as a gift of love. As a gift of strength.

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I… don’t know close up how this beast preys. How it consumes . how it maligns

But wish

no pray…

That somehow the peanut butter and chocolate will be a magic tincture of good over evil .

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The beauty…the therapy…in baking for a friend

is that each added ingredient has meaning…has memory

The mere whisking of ingredients is indeed prayer.

for wholeness.

for health.

for peace.

for hope.

And so I whisk...

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Dum spiro… spero

From the Latin: As I breathe…I hope

Make your own Chocolate Peanut Butter prayer from this recipe

32 comments:

Drawn to The Sea said...

Such dear thoughts. The gift of strength and hope, straight from your heart... in a beautiful form.

Peaceful day,
~Julia

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Thank you Julia...We are bringing it to them now.

for the love of a house said...

dear Linda- your friend Vic and his family will be in my thougths and prayers.
What a loving and beautiful gift from your heart. If based on love and beauty alone, it should heal him instantly.
prayers,
joan

The Bliss Journey said...

OK, I know you live in Florida, I have GPS and her name is Gabby. If I start driving now I might be able to make it to your house for the last bite, YUM. I already printed it and can't wait to make it. Peanut butter cups are my fav. What a great way to share your love to friends going through a difficult time. I will keep your friend in my prayers.
Kathleen

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How beautiful...and what a treat!

Karen Deborah said...

Gorgeous, I want some.... I am praying for a prayer...

I need to read farther down and see about your friend. I am behind I apologize. Love does heal.

Ivy Lane said...

Never underestimate the power of prayer, and something made from love...

PRAYERS to your friend VIC and his family!!!! May God lay his healing hand on Vic.....

Deborah said...

Hey Linda, just got back from visiting your friend...I'm already hooked. Lovely gift you made for them. As you well know, I simply cannot afford to gain another ounce, fearing the wrath of Wt. Watchers On Line...**blows kisses** Deb

Black Zebra said...

I read your poem,read his blog and just wept and wept.

Fifi Flowers said...

That looks sinful and delightful at the same time... YUM!!!

C said...

oh linda, i believe that every big or little thing we do for some one, in love, is prayer. god bless your friends, your heart that overflows with love, and i wish you strength and hope in this difficult time. you should always have hope.

c

C said...

oh linda, i believe that every big or little thing we do for some one, in love, is prayer. god bless your friends, your heart that overflows with love, and i wish you strength and hope in this difficult time. you should always have hope.

c

Apron of the Month Club said...

Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I pray for blessing to go your way.

Yoli Kalkofen

Farmgirl Paints said...

What a SWEET post. Beautiful words and sentiment for your dear friend. Sending some prayers his way. That dessert looked amazing. You are not helping my "no sugar" resolve.

Love the Decor! said...

Very touching post... a blessing to your dear friend I am sure you are

vicki archer said...

What a superb and thoughtful gesture Linda. You are a true friend, xv.

Lauren said...

beautiful post linda. got me teary. (and hungry!) last night i just spooned some peanut butter in a bown & poured chocolate syrup all over it...

Not that great bc it was smart balance peanut butter & generic/ runny chocolate... i am normally not a complainer but really... we've gotta get some better stuff in this house!!! ;)

~ Lisa @ AbidingThere~ said...

Beautiful and yummy. I am praying that every cell of your friend's body will come into perfect divine health. I know you prayed over every ingredient as you lovingly created your sweet gift. xo

Yansy said...

What a beautiful post. That looks so yummy. I know we're only an hour away from each other, would you mind sending a piece via fedex? Thanks

Cheryl said...

Beautiful Linda...they are in my prayers tonight.

anita said...

what a sweet idea..
blessings to your blue eyed friend

SeaWorthy said...
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SeaWorthy said...

prayers, Linda...and licking the screen doesnt hurt,either...

LindsB said...

This is so beautiful, what an amazing friend you are!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Thank you, Linda! This is absolutely amazing!

Since J and I have taken this journey, I can tell you, with much conviction...you are a wonderful friend!

My thoughts and prayers, for your friend!

Karen @ Mignardise said...

A lovely, delicious gift to your friend. I have had several friends struggle with cancer this past year. It is a helpless feeling, and sometimes all we can do is bake or cook for them. It makes everyone feel better, at least for a little while.
Hope your story has a happy ending.

Pam Kersting said...

You are a good and kind person and friend. Wishing your friend Vic a speedy recovery!

Ry @ Sotto Il Monte Vineyards said...

What a generous spirit you have. Your friends are lucky to have you.

misadore said...

so much is going on in life ... your friend is fortunate to have you. remembering ...

The Tulip Lady said...

A little piece of your heart...right from your kitchen...oh love.

Anonymous said...

What entertaining message

Anonymous said...

Sure version :)

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