Thursday, January 31, 2013

My Sorrow

Joe, Aunt Lynn Sacred Heart Univ., May '06

The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.  Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven?” - Kahlil Gibran

Sometimes, I just forget for a fleeting moment...

I want to call my big sister, Lynn.

And, I can’t.

Do now.

Love a lot.


Because too soon, it will be tomorrow.

Love to all,


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Joy to the World...

Do you ever have a soundtrack playing in your dreams?

I do.  Not always, but sometimes. Over the last few days, I have awakened several mornings to the sound of Amazing Grace playing on the jukebox of my mind.  It's been powerful.

I love that hymn!  I would sing it in the house when the children were young.  I sang it in the early morning hours at St. Vincent's Medical Center where I would quickly grab a shower in the 9th floor shower room before the doctors rounded.  I sang it in my home over the last few weeks.  And, again in First Church on the 23rd of January joined by the voices of my family and friends.

But today?  The speakers in my mind played a different song, loudly and clearly...

"Joy to the world
All the boys and girls now
Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea
Joy to you and me"

Yes, I'm dating myself now with a song made famous by the band, Three Dog Night. A song described by the band members as a "kid's song" and a "silly song".  A song that hit #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart in 1971.

But a joyful, happy song for sure.

And as I woke this morning, I thought to myself, I do wish joy to the world.  And to all the boys and girls who became the young men and women who came to pay honor to their dear friend Joe, my son. Thank you.

We will feel Joe's impact and love forever.

"Where you stand, where you are, that's what your life is right there, regardless of how painful it is or how enjoyable it is.  That's what it is." - Taizan Maezumi

Love to all,