Constance Ore is a retired Teacher, Choir Director, and Organist. And a formidable cook.

March 28, 2006

Filed under: — Constance at 7:58 pm on Tuesday, March 28, 2006

“Congratulations!” said Charles as we drove away from the oncologist’s office, “last injections for round three. . . we should celebrate!” So we should, but alas, by this time I have picked up some nausea, nasty metallic taste in the mouth, and the kind of general aches that one might associate with flu. Every injection site of the past seven days has remained sore and tomorrow I commence the Neupogin injections. It’s definitely a “Hold the champagne” moment. I did go for a walk through Sanctuary enjoying earth beneath my feet after experiencing snow for a week. Alphie was ahead of me triumphantly carrying the long dead and moldered remains of a raccoon which he somehow unearthed from beneath a cedar tree, and the meadow larks were singing all around along with the many other birds which have resumed their nesting activities. Everything in the meadow and the forest seems pleased with the moisture that has come and life abounds there.

This past week has been another time of rethinking the future. It stuck me in the predawn hours that how I feel now may be the new “normal”. Already the litany of activities lost is a chant that I have to consciously tune out or I become dreadfully sad. Vicarious enjoyment of friends’ and family travels is enjoyable, true, but a great distance from the actual experiences, the pure fun of teaching little children songs and Sunday School lessons is presently out of reach. . . and on and on. The antidote comes with melody and words – all the years of playing hymns and reading texts have left a gathering of fragments of verses and tunes. Today’s words speak from “There in God’s Garden” (an old text from about 1641 and set to music by K. Lee Scott)
“There in God’s garden stands the Tree of Wisdom, see how its branches reach to us in welcome; hear what the Voice says, ‘Come to me, ye weary! Give me your sickness, give me all your sorrow, I will give blessing.” A hymn writer’s words from so long ago reaches across time to carry me forward into another day, and for this too I am thankful.



Comment by Irene Beethe

March 28, 2006 @ 9:01 pm

Dear Connie,

The “Tree of Life” by K. Lee Scott is one of my all-time favorites and you have added new meaning to the words with your experiences! May they continue to uphold you with the strength that only the Lord, our TREE OF LIFE can offer.

Congratulations on the completion of “round three” although you feel so much like a bruised pin-cushion!
May that soreness abate quickly.

With love to you in Jesus,
Irene and Ivan


Comment by Janna

March 28, 2006 @ 11:39 pm

Thanks so much for telling your story Mom, even when
your song pours out in a minor key. It’s a gift you give to all of us.
I hadn’t heard that hymn before. Now it’s mine to put in my
pocket and carry with me, it’s words ready comfort me one day.



Comment by Bo Baumeister

March 29, 2006 @ 2:00 pm

Thanks for putting your thoughts down on this webpage. We will continue to pray for you in chapel and I know many include you in their personal prayers. May I be so bold as to quote one of my favorite hymns.

O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast,
And our eternal home.

Under the shadow of thy throne
Still may we dwell secure;
Sufficient is thine arem alone,
And our defense is sure.

Before the hill in order stood,
Or earth received her frame,
From everlasting thou art God,
To endless years the same.

Peace in Jesus,


Comment by Heidi

March 29, 2006 @ 3:13 pm


I think my favorite hymn has to be earth and all stars and the best chorus
“sing to the lord a new song – she has done marvelous things – I too shall praise her with a new song” (you sing she to be a rebel in the Lutheran Church!)

Doctors and tests, marrow and cancer
sing to the lord a new song
Needles and pills, blood cells and chemo
sing to the lord a new song
She has done marvelous things
I too shall praise her with a new song

Love to you on this sunny March day



Comment by Mindy Werling

March 30, 2006 @ 4:58 pm

Dear, dear Connie!

I just had a thought today to look at and find out what you and Charles are up to. I couldn’t believe it when I read about your illness. How brave you are during such a difficult time! Your deep, abiding faith comes through “loud and clear” in your writing, and you are an inspiration to all who read your words. I will inform my family of the news, and we will stay in touch. Know that you and all of your wonderful family are in our hearts and prayers.

I am thinking of this hymn:

“O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast
And our eternal home.”

With much love in Christ,
Cousin Mindy Werling

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