The lessons I learned this weekend……..

"What will matter is the good we did, not the good we expected others to do."  

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"Elisabeth Kübler-Ross is best known as the medical doctor who brought death and dying out of the closet in American culture. She created a curriculum for medical students and sat with hundreds of dying people. Her faith in prayer is legendary. She says, "You will not grow if you sit in a beautiful flower garden, but you will grow if you are sick, if you are in pain, if you experience losses, and if you do not put your head in the sand, but take the pain as a gift to you with a very, very specific purpose." The only thing we can really ask for when we pray is the ability to trust in that greater purpose. We pray to have our hearts opened and our purpose revealed. We pray for gratitude when our life is good and for faith when it is not so good. We pray to trust that our pain is a gift with "a very, very specific purpose."   — Elizabeth Lesser (Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow)

This weekend I said goodbye to a man who was my second father. A weekend filled with huge amounts of both sorrow and joy.  I watched his 4 children prepare his funeral and at the same time help their own children understand the pain of loosing a loved one. I was impressed with how much love and compassion was demonstrated. Today I am exhausted and feeling very sad but I will keep remembering all the love I witnessed this weekend and how one man did so much for so many people.

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