Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Joy in the midst of suffering....

Today is one of those days...really like any other, that is full of joys and sorrows, blessings and struggles, wonder and confusion.

The sorrow of losing a child...not mine....but a young women my youngest daughters age (21) who is also a mother to a young child. I remember her mother who so inspired me as a young mom. One time in church they were sitting across from us....a family of five or so at that time (they have six children I believe). The children being so good, waiting patiently, the mom kneeling, and I could see her lips moving as she was reciting prayers, most likely the Rosary. That vision has always stayed with me as a source of inspiration to be a good mother to my children by example. This family has been given many challenges....and now another one. I pray to our Heavenly Father, our Blessed Mother and Good St. Anne to shower blessings, comfort and grace on this family to endure this newest trial. And as trials always do....has encouraged me to remember to continue to pray for my children, and to call and tell them how much I love them.

And the joy.....today I celebrate 31 years of marriage with a man I am so proud to call my husband. God blessed me the day he introduced us and I thank him for this wonderful gift - especially since we only knew each other for 3 weeks before we got engaged but that's another story for another time. God knew what he was doing even if we were young and didn't know it!:-)

5 comments:

Diana said...

Wishing you a happy and blessed anniversary.

Mary333 said...

Happy Anniversary, Julia! 31 years of marriage is awesome! Especially in the days we live in where people get divorced so easily. Randy and I have been married for fifteen years and I pray for 50 more :)

Anne Marie said...

I feel the same way about my husband - my husband saved me!
and I highly respect any woman who has the courage to pronounce that.

Tracey said...

Oh how sad for that young mother, my heart goes out to her...

My dear friend lost her first born baby to SIDS when he was only 3 months old...while my own son was only 5 weeks old...going to that wake was one of the most difficult things I have ever had to do...and seeing my friend's pain was gut wrenching. The good Lord has gone on to bless her with 2 other healthy children and joy has found it's way back into their lives!

Happy Anniversary Julia! 31 years of marriage is nothing short of awesome!!!

Blessings ~

:) T

Gretchen said...

I'm late, but Happy Anniversary, and thank you for being an inspiration.