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God In the Giggles

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Our family is preparing to welcome a new little man to our home in the weeks to come.  I am entering my ninth month of pregnancy and have found it to be reflective and exhausting.  To be perfectly honest, there are moments when I take a deep breathe and ask myself “What have we gotten ourselves into?!?” Three boys, how will I ever keep up?  Luckily those moments are balanced with realization of what a blessing being charged with the nurture, love and care of our boys truly is.

A couple of year’s ago our one of our confirmands had a line in her statement of faith that has stuck with me (her’s isn’t the only one, I am in awe of the faith of teens). She said in her statement that she sees God at work all around her in the little things, one example she shared was finding “God in the giggle of a small child.” Her words spoke to a reality I know well. I knew it before having children but it has become undeniable to me since the births of our boys.

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Nothing in Life or in Death

When a person dies, regardless of when or how, but especially by suicide, we need to find new ground to stand on.

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Shocked. Bewildered. Confused. Angry. Searching. These are a few of the sentiments many people have shared over the past few days following the suicide of one of the world most beloved comedians.  Robin Williams’ death caught everyone off guard. He gave so many great works of art to the big screen and his long, brilliant career has made a lasting impression on everyone I know.  A man known for his ability to make other people smile. It has brought the reality of suicide to the big screen and caused many to pause and reflect.

While the wider public has been hard hit by the news about Robin Williams, my family and close friends have been coping with a more personal struggle with this after the suicide of someone we loved dearly last week.  My world feels different now.  I feel a throbbing pain and sense a gash inside myself that will not soon heal. Tyler is no longer with us. A brilliant young man, ready to begin his Senior year of High School, made the tragic decision to take his own life.

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