Last year at this time was very dark. The pandemic. Both children were in hospitals miles apart. Cold weather. Fading light. A dark night of soul and body. It was very hard to see the blessings in my life when there was so much suffering.
So this year, I am rejoicing twice. Once for all that I couldn’t see last year and once for the joy I have through newly opened eyes.
First and foremost, I thank God for love that binds our family together and extends to the many communities that touch and have deepened our lives — churches, colleges, organizations, and neighborhoods. Life is now a seven-layer buffet, a nutritious feast of multiple colors, light and dark, crunchy and smooth. The suffering and the joy are deeply intertwined.
Three special thanksgivings:
- we are healthy!
- the grandchildren are learning and growing rapidly at ages 10, 9, and 4.
- the book dedicated to them, THE MINDFUL GRANDPARENT: THE ART OF LOVING OUR CHILDREN’S CHILDREN has now gone to press and will be available in bookstores May 3.
What are you especially grateful for this year? If 2021 has been, or is, a hard year for you, here is a virtual hug of deep empathy and a second helping of hope.
God bless you, everyone.