Missed A Few Days

I’ve been gone for a few days but sometimes routines are interrupted for unexpected events.  My 85-year old father had a bad fall and was at a local hospital for a few days.  Thank goodness he is ok.  Also, after a 3-year absence, my sister and her family are back home from Germany safe and sound.  And, of course, there was the awful tragedy in Connecticut.  I have had a lot of hardships in my life but that is one of the worst times I’ve ever felt so low, knowing that a child, a baby, was taken so horribly, much less 20.  I thought of my own son, who, like many of those same children who died, is also in kindergarten.  I wanted to go get him and just have him with me.  It is the most horrible feeling a parent can have and the worst thing to go through.

I dedicate these last few days of my absence here to my father, my family, my children, those children, parents, and community in Connecticut, and to all those who feel hopeless this season, a timeless prayer that says it all:

1 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into the mountain: and when he had sat down, his disciples came unto him:

2 and he opened his mouth and taught them, saying,

3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

6 Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called sons of God.

10 Blessed are they that have been persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 Blessed are ye when [men] shall reproach you, and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets that were before you.

13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost its savor, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out and trodden under foot of men.

14 Ye are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid.

15 Neither do [men] light a lamp, and put it under the bushel, but on the stand; and it shineth unto all that are in the house.

16 Even so let your light shine before men; that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

I know Jesus is there with them in Heaven. Glory be to God!

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