Don’t Let Me Miss the Glory…

Since my AMD (Age-related Macular Degeneration) diagnosis, I’ve been reading all I can find on the topic.  I’ve found some great advice on slowing the progression with vitamins and a high Omega 3 diet.  And I find hope that the doctor does not know if or when it will progress further. Only God knows.

Of all the material I’ve read so far, the most startling statement began a recent find (through Paperbackswap!) .  The book was written by an eye doctor who also experienced Macular Degeneration.  The First Year: Age-Related Macular Degeneration: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed (First Year, The)  Author: Daniel L. Roberts

The statement?  Whatever you want to see, or have wanted to see or do – do it now.

That’s probably good advice for anytime in our lives, as we get so caught up with the tyranny of the mundane.

His point – you may not have the opportunity again.  I now have a not-so-gentle reminder and “excuse” for energetic participation in our “Live like Lazarus” 40-day Facebook experiment!

So – a bucket list – Not what would Lazarus have put on his list if he knew he had a year – a month – a week – a day – left before he died…

No, nothing so final, because I will be forever known as a fool if I do not keep my hope and if I do not follow the diet and vitamin recommendations that could postpone the progression of the disease, and because no matter what, I have all eternity ahead.

But still dramatic if one stops to think – If the vision were to get worse tomorrow, or next week, or next month – what would I wish to see one more time – or what would I wish to recall seeing…

  1. People, of course – so this is a warning – I may be staring more than in the past, because, family and friends, you are precious to me. I’ve felt the highest honor when my children and others have called me a noticer.  Now I have another reason to notice and memorize every detail.
  2. Places – I hope to take my sister on a retirement trip, to fly a kite, visit some parks and Wisconsin islands, visit grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends to see where they live and work, and go to a planetarium, and…
  3. Things – funny how one notices anew all the beauties of creation when you think you may lose the ability some day to see it.  Funny how we race through the years of our lives when we don’t have the blessing of such a challenge.

This diagnosis is kind of like being a toddler again (or yet if you know me) to see, touch, and wonder at all of life.

When I first heard a now-favorite song sung by Gordon Mote, I thought, O Lord, let that be my theme song.  It’s called: “Don’t Let Me Miss the Glory

Written by: Joe Beck and Carl Cartee, Rick CUA Music, Willow Branch Publishing, Yada Yada Yada Music 

In the view from the mountains there’s a story to be told

In the crashing of the ocean there’s a power that no man can ever hold

All the stars in the Heavens decorate your handy work

Like a mighty choir we come to celebrate your worth

Don’t let me miss the glory don’t let me miss the praise

All creation is singing to the honor of your name

Don’t let me miss the wonder don’t let me miss the grand design

The lightening and the thunder will open up my eyes

Don’t let me miss the glory

In the cry of a baby in the laughter of love

In the dance of the faithful you will find the greatness of our God above

In the prayer of the righteous in the beauty of your grace

In the brand new morning mercy all your memory of my sin has been erased

Don’t let me miss the glory don’t let me miss the praise

All creation is singing to the honor of your name

Don’t let me miss the wonder don’t let me miss the grand design

The lightening and the thunder will open up my eyes

Don’t let me miss the glory

About Delores Liesner

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2 Responses to Don’t Let Me Miss the Glory…

  1. Sharon Paavolav says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of your diagnosis, Delores! I will be praying for God to keep your eyesight strong for as long as possible. My mom had macular degeneration in her later years. I was amazed at all the wonderful equipment, therapies, and support available. Your attitude and determination shine through Delores. I know you are leaning on our Heavenly Father.

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  2. Great theme song my friend- make it your own and you’ll always see His glory. 🙂

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