Reflections on 12th May 2011

Jenny is extremely ill, as you all know. She has just about been able to convey to us a few thoughts for today, International M.E. Awareness Day, for us to type up.

First of all, she would like you all to read the post she wrote for M.E. Awareness Week, called ‘Why care about M.E.?’:
Please share this above link with all the people you are able to, both online and offline. This is very important to her.

There was a song Jenny heard when she was little called ‘I will speak out’. She didn’t know what exactly she wanted to do with her life back then, but she said that whatever she did, she wanted to do what the song lyrics described. Even though she is so ill, we believe she is achieving just that by raising awareness for M.E – speaking out for those who have no voices. Here are the song lyrics:

I will speak out for those who have no voices
I will stand up for the rights of all the oppressed
I will speak truth and justice
I’ll defend the poor and the needy
I will lift up the weak in Jesus’ name

I will speak out for those who have no choices
I will cry out for those who live without love
I will show God’s compassion
To the crushed and broken in spirit
I will lift up the weak in Jesus’ name

Jenny also conveyed that she wanted to share three verses from a poem called ‘Invictus’ by W.E.Henley for anyone who is going through tough times/feeling particularly battered by life:

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.