Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work,
or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge
over those who sleep.
Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary,
bless the dying, soothe the suffering,
pity the afflicted, shield the joyous, and all for your love's sake.
Which makes me remember these comforting words.
Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have
laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake."
And in April 2010, when my sister was dying....
Once upon a time my parents died. I was 16 years old.
I learned that life is short and beautiful and that you have to make the
decision to live and love abundantly.
And with the birth of our children the love poured out
and life was full of life and love.
And then our sister got sick and I reminded myself that life
is short and beautiful and that I have to make the decision
again to live and love abundantly.
And yesterday came the phone call,
a little boy is on the way....
a little boy to love.
and suffering and joy lived side by side in my heart and I knew that the only way to live is
to love and live abundantly because life is short and beautiful.
Encourage one another.