Friday, September 16, 2011


Please pray for Kim of Starry Sky Ranch. She is a beautiful homeschooling mom of many who is hospitalized with lifethreatening pancreatitis.

More at Rebecca's site A Gypsy Caravan.

An update.

Recently we've been putting on a new CD every morning to listen to, and today we listened to a Tommy Makem CD called Rolling Home.  One of the songs on the CD was one I used to hum to Aidan by the hour as I rocked him in the ICU almost exactly 12 years ago when he was an infant waiting to grow enough to get a liver transplant.

Kim was one of those who prayed Aidan through many crises during those months and afterwards.   The communion of saints is a mysterious and wonderful thing.  I do not understand it, but I know it is efficacious.  So please pray for healing for Kim.

Here's the song:  

Tommy Makem singing The Town I Loved So Well

In my memory I will always see
The town that I have loved so well
Where our school played ball by the gasyard wall
And we laughed through the smoke and the smell
Going home in the rain, running up the dark lane
Past the jail and down behind the fountain
Those were happy days in so many many ways
In the town I loved so well

In the early morning the shirt factory horn
Called women from Creggan, the moor and the bog
While the men on the dole played a mother's role
Fed the children and then trained the dog
And when times got tough there was just about enough
But they saw it through without complaining
For deep inside was a burning pride
In the town I loved so well

There was music there in the Derry air
Like a language that we all could understand
I remember the day that I earned my first pay
When I played in a small pick-up band
There I spent my youth and to tell you the truth
I was sad to leave it all behind me
For I'd learned about life and I found a wife
In the town I loved so well

But when I returned how my eyes have burned
To see how a town could be brought to its knees
By the armoured cars and the bombed-out bars
And the gas that hangs on to every breeze
Now the army's installed by that old gasyard wall
And the damned barbed wire gets higher and higher
With their tanks and their guns, oh my God what have they done
To the town I loved so well

Now the music's gone but they carry on
For their spirit's been bruised, never broken
They will not forget but their hearts are set
On tomorrow and peace once again
For what's done is done and what's won is won
And what's lost is lost and gone forever
I can only pray for a bright brand-new day
In the town I loved so well


  1. Several bloggers I read are friends with Kim. Her blog is lovely. She's one of those people I felt sure I would have been friends with if I met her in person. I'm going to put some candles around the house to remind myself to pray for her. Please keep us updated.

  2. Thanks for letting us know Willa. I'm adding my prayers to the many that I know are being said for her.

  3. I love Tommy Makem's music and know that song well. I saw him several times in concert before he passed away. Thank you for posting prayers for Kim. She has a long road ahead and so appreciates all of the prayers.


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