It was pretty exciting to see that the first reading for mass was from the beginning of 2 Corinthians today. And it was a great reading reminding us of how we take the blessings we receive from our Savior and then we take it and return that to those the closest to us in our domestic church/family and beyond!
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of compassion and the God of all encouragement,
who encourages us in our every affliction,
so that we may be able to encourage
those who are in any affliction
with the encouragement with which we ourselves are encouraged by God."
Is it not true that we have been helped in our darkest and most challenging moments and that then we have that deep understanding in our deepest self and can give that same compassion and mercy to others/LOVE in the face of all that comes our way. The Beatitudes in the Gospel today give us the courage we need/the encouragement to go forward no matter what we face!
Life is full of changes, and we now have our daughters spread out across the country. Nancy in KC, Maria in the Pacific Northwest, and Hallel in Rome. We even that out with Ruth 3 miles away holding down the farm, and John living with us.
Family time and sharing jobs as a family was the motivation for Ruth's new kitchen remodel. Canning and big wonderful projects we have as we make food for 6 families! Some of my most treasured memories when my kids were young, and it is wonderful to see how much Ruth valued those times in how she planned out her kitchen and living area. She has the life she grew up with and that shows me that she thought it was pretty great! And now I have the gift of having it again now with Ruth's kids!
Lord, it is wonderful to find the encouragement we need to face all the challenges that come with each new day. May we go forward armed with all we need to share your Truth no matter the persecution we face or that we are to return the mercy we have been shown as we stagger down the narrow path. May we give without counting the cost as we find the encouragement we need no matter the afflictions of life. Jesus, we trust in you. Bless-bless, Barb
Nancy's sharing for today;
Grains of sands on grubby baby feet.
Thank you Lord for the wonder of these small things.
Help me to always be small enough to see them and marvel at them.