I do not want what I haven’t got

July 27, 2009 at 2:02 am (Uncategorized)

Well, sometimes I do, but not right now.

Father Jerry’s homily today was about knowing the difference between what you want and what you need, and being thankful for what you get. It was very a propos for me today, although maybe it would be every day.

At the funeral yesterday, the young widow stood before the congregation and told us that what she and her husband had felt primarily for the past ten months as he battled cancer was deep gratitude: for their family and friends, for their co-workers and bosses, and most of all for their daughter. They were grateful that he got to see her take her first steps, and say her first words, and that he was there for her first birthday.

I sat with the choir and listened to the bravery and faith and love of this astonishing woman and thought to myself, “am I learning something? I should really be learning something.”

I think maybe I am.

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