With all of our imperfections, we begin and end each day at the foot of the cross. It is here where our story begins and we pray it is where it will end. "Jesus said: Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light." ~Matthew 11:28-30~
Listen to God's voice at the foot of the crucifix." ~St. Gaspar del Bufaro~
Sunday, October 2, 2011
18 + 45= Hope
~My first born with late husband Chris~
(Apologies for poor quality picture of a picture)
It's birthday week around our house...
18 years ago on Friday, I became a Mama for the first time...Yes, my 1st baby is becoming an adult:) Though much has happened in the last 18 years, it sure feels like we went from this day of birth straight to now! In a blink of an eye, the boy is a man.
The fun thing is that our birthdays are only 1 day apart and I get to be 45 this year, on the following day. Oh yay, do I sound excited?
This year is rather reflective and emotional as I recall the blissful baby moments of that first child, so innocent and blessed with two loving parents, both completely over the moon for him! And now he's becoming an adult, ready to spread his own wings and fly. I think about how proud that Chris would be of his son and the well-rounded man of God that he has become. I smile at their similar sense of humor and magnetic personalities, despite never knowing each other as Father and Son...
Tears may flow as we remember this sweet beginning of life and all that we miss. But despite the tragic loss of Chris in our lives, we continue to be blessed beyond measure. God has provided and we have so much to be thankful for.
We miss but we mostly hope.
We hope for the future and for the grace and mercy of God to see His face, reunited with all those we love.
We hope for the rainbow with an eternal message. God always promises a rainbow.
It's a birthday week to be celebrated...Life, hope, and rainbows!
Our Lady of the Rosary, please pray for us.
Our Lady of Good Counsel, please pray for us.
My favorite quote applies now and forever:
"I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love."
Isn't this a great rainbow photo we captured with Mer-man this past Spring?
The falling rain dissolves into mist
and the thunder begins to die,
as the sporadic lightning fades
an arch of color pours from the sky.
Rainbows appear after mighty storms
when things look their worst.
Just when the sky is darkest gray,
out of Heaven does a rainbow burst.
God first sent the rainbow to Noah
as a sign that His word is true.
The rainbow’s eternal message
still speaks to me and you.
The rainbow is a sign of God’s promise
that He will guide us through any storm,
That He will ease all our troubles,
No matter what their form.
When you feel battered by life’s storms
and you are filled with doubt and dismay,
just remember God’s rainbow is coming,
For it’s blessing you have only to pray.