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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

For goodness' sake

In one of my all-time favorite scenes, in easily my all-time favorite holiday movie, It's a Wonderful Life, the admirable, but down-on-his luck Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey, finds out just how much he is loved by his family and friends within and outside the Bedford Falls community.  One at a time and on and on, friends march through his living room, offering financial support to George and his family in his time of great need.  Standing next to his beautiful bride Mary, played by Donna Reed, George is overtaken by the sentiment and good will.

For all intents and purposes, our house door has been open and our living room has been marched through for a month and a half.  In place of George's pile of money we've been showered with love, support, prayers, braille books, warm meal after meal after meal, gift certificates, care packages, toys for the older boys, and on and on and on.  Pure expressions of love and support.  And I have no doubt that if there was a price tag that could alleviate any of our fears, that too would have been met and plopped on our table.

To our friends who have prepared a meal, shared a prayer, written a kind note, offered a hug, wrapped a gift, made a donation to Jude's Dudes, etc. you are starting something great.

And it goes on and on...

I was telling a friend the other day who offered a word of support to me that his words would continue to ripple and not come to rest, but would move on and pass through us until they reached a new need.  There is such a sense of grace in that thought for me when I think about what goodness my son is starting.  Among the first of many miracles that will dance from his existence, the goodness and spread of God's love is the most comforting.

St. Jude: Pray for us.  

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