God’s Eyes Are On The Sparrow

While it is true as presented in scripture that we walk by faith and not by sight, occasionally, God allows us to see something that defies all odds of being seen.  Our family shared in such a sight on vacation this year.

As we arrived at the lake house and began to explore, someone noticed a bird nest on the porch railing. It was located inside a flower-pot and was filled with baby blue birds. Their mom and dad seemed to be comfortable feeding them as we gathered on the porch. Mom and dad used a tree branch about 20 ft away from the actual nest as a staging area to bring bugs and worms to the babies.

As the week passed there was a noticeable increase in the size of the birds and in the number of feeding trips to the nest by both parents. The little ones began to stretch out their wings and we could tell that it was getting close to the time for them to leave the nest.

Meanwhile, we human parents began to put words in the mouths of the bird parents to the amusement of everyone. For instance, when the larger baby bird started hopping up on the rim of the flower-pot, the father bird would fly down and peck him in the head as if to say, “You’re not as ready to fly the nest as you think you are”. The baby bird would hop back down into the security of the nest. We likened that to human parents telling their teenaged children the same thing when they attempted premature actions.

Early one morning the babies were all still asleep and the father bird arrived at the staging area with a large worm in his beak. He watched and watched for a while and looked as if he hated to wake them and start the day in the feeding frenzy that was sure to follow; so, with a flick of his head he ate the worm himself and flew away.

As the week neared its end, the large baby hopped up on the rim of the pot and flexed his wings and made several bends of his legs and, poof, off he went right to the staging branch where his parents were sitting. They checked him over and he flew off with the mother bird into the trees. She returned after a while and the two parents began their feeding of the remaining birds.

The last day, the remaining babies hopped up on the edge of the flower-pot and one after the other fledged on their maiden flight right up to the same staging branch. Those two were filmed on cell phone video.

Later that evening the mom and dad flew to the flower-pot nest and cleaned out the downy feathers and various other debris and departed, leaving the nest ready for the next family that needed room in the inn.

As we discussed all this activity over the week, we began to feel a sacredness about the event. We had watched Nature at its finest repopulate itself. We discussed that if God’s eyes were on the sparrow as presented in scripture, He had allowed our eyes to be on those blue birds. I must confess a certain envy as I compared the birds’ two-week preparation to enter the world to our human preparation of fifteen to twenty years for our own children.

Then again, it takes us a lifetime of preparation to enter Heaven.

Eradicate Blame

We spend a lot of energy wondering who can be blamed for our own or other people’s tragedies – our parents, ourselves, the immigrants, the Jews, the gays, the blacks, the fundamentalists, the Catholics….
But Jesus doesn’t allow us to solve our own or other people’s problems through blame. The challenge he poses is to discern in the midst of our darkness the light of God. In Jesus’ vision everything, even the greatest tragedy, can become an occasion in which God’s works can be revealed.
How radically new my life would be if I were willing to move beyond blame to proclaiming the works of God…. All human beings have their tragedies…. We seldom have much control over them. But do we choose to live them as occasions to blame, or as occasions to see God at work?
My God and my refuge, strip away my habit of blaming – either others or myself – for any big or little tragedies in my life. Challenge me to move beyond the “blame game” and to understand that these misfortunes and setbacks are not under my control. Teach me instead to live through these events and see them as fruitful opportunities for faith and love.
Thanks to the Henri Nouwen Society who works tirelessly to spread his wisdom for the ages.

Above the Canopy of Daily Life

In the day-to-day life of most of us, we find little that challenges us or calls us to more effort than we want to expend. We are content to settle. In fact, we find ourselves covered by the equivalence of a canopy of mundane daily issues with which we are familiar and therefore offer us feelings of security. We don’t resist that temptation to settle because it is the easy way out. In fact, we usually relish the opportunity to just coast along and not be challenged.

But, deep inside of us there is that builtin contest between wanting things to stay the same with little effort and the need to look for the challenges that help us overcome our sedentary mental state and embrace changes. It is this struggle between these two extremes that enables us to grow as human beings.

We need the occasional challenge to call us out of our quiet acceptance to get the blood flowing, to turn over new rocks and discover that which lies hidden beneath, to take that deep breath that exchanges the old stale ways for something new that invigorates.

We need to force our heads above the canopy of everyday life to discover the bright sunlight and the life bringing breeze that recharges our human batteries and gives us new purpose.

Who knows, we might discover our creator in a new way and enjoy how that brings us new life.

Internal Leprosy, a Homily

Homily, Feb 10&11-18, Cyc B, 6th Sun of Ordinary time, Leper

Our readings open today with the OT Book of Leviticus giving us insight into dealing with leprosy at that time. It was truly the scourge of the Jews. We could even compare it to our present-day concerns over cancer or heart disease.

The book of Leviticus says that anyone with a skin eruption or scab was to go to the priest. If the priest decided it was leprous he declared the person unclean and set in motion other protocols about how they were to behave.

Why the priests? The priests in those days did more than offer sacrifices for the people. They were also the Public Health Officers of their day. I mentioned to Msgr that as I got older more skin spots appeared on me, did he want to inspect them. He said, “no no, you must have an MD after your name to do that today.”😊

Leprosy in Biblical times was a terrible thing. While it described what is known today as Hanson’s disease, the word probably included other skin diseases as well and you could not always tell them apart. Hence, the need for isolation to give them a chance to dry up if they were not leprosy.

The only way they could deal with it was through isolation of the person from the rest of the community to keep it from being spread. Unlike today where we receive care and healing from the medical profession and support from family and friends. In OT times, isolation was all that was available to them.

When you think about it, isolation, while protecting the rest of the community, was brutal for the person with leprosy.

They had to leave their homes, leave their families, and were forced to live on the outskirts of towns with other lepers. They had to keep their garments rent, heads bare, beards muffled, crying out “Unclean, unclean” when approached by others, devoid of the care and consolation of family and friends.

What a hopeless existence.

It is that background that leads us into the Gospel today where we hear that as Jesus approached a town, a leper ran out ahead of Him, kneeling he ask to be made clean if Jesus wanted to. We are told that Jesus was moved with pity and said, “I do want to, be made clean.”

Jesus did not see so much the unclean leper or his disease. He was not so much concerned with the strict prohibitions of Jewish society. He saw a human soul in desperate need. He reached out His hand and healed him with His touch.

Unfortunately, the man was so happy He was cured that he ignored Jesus’ admonition to tell no one; he told everyone. As a result, Jesus was unable to enter a town openly because the people were overwhelming Him as a healer and miracle worker and not listening to His message.

Today, we all suffer from time to time with serious illnesses. The way it usually plays out is we become symptomatic and go to our doctor. He prescribes some treatment that sounds like it will go on for a long time with medications, maybe operations, or maybe procedures.

The first thought that strikes us when we hear the doctor’s prognosis and plan is, “Oh Lord, this is not going to be quick.” And, we get that sinking feeling.

But, in the process of acting in faith on the doctor’s word, the odds are, we usually recover from the illness and find that our faith has grown as a result – after the fact. Difficult times in the future won’t seem quite so difficult.

While we have it a lot easier today because of huge medical advances, unbelievably there are still things that isolate us today just like in the OT. Mostly we isolate ourselves by our own behavior. We prove the old saying, “I am the author of my own pain.”

In this present flu season, we wish we could isolate those who have it from those who don’t.

As far as things we do to ourselves that isolate us: there are behaviors such as suffering from the illness of negativity. Because of our personality, or life experiences, we have difficulty being positive and other people separate themselves from us.

People can only tolerate a certain amount of negativity before they start looking for the door. So, in effect, we end up living on the outskirts of town alone, much like the leper.

The same goes for the illness of being judgmental, or being an angry person, or a dishonest person. We are given a great big letting alone by others, and we suffer isolation and its pain all by ourselves.

What about those who are spiritually sick? How about those who have left the Church or even left Christianity? They have isolated themselves. Are they to be cared for? Yes, certainly, as much as they will allow us to try. But, try we must.

How about those family members from whom we have disassociated ourselves for one reason or another? Certainly, our reasons seemed valid at the time. Are the reasons still valid today? Maybe it’s time to reach out and see.

The truth is, often we have no idea, no clue, that we drive others away. We feel like we are fine and just can’t imagine we are the cause of their withdrawal.

So, the answer to all these things is for us who feel isolated and alone to follow the lead of the leper in today’s Gospel. We go to the Lord Jesus and ask for His healing of that thing, known or unknown, that visits upon us the pain of isolation.

The Gospels often note that Jesus was moved with great pity for the people as He preached the Kingdom of God. When He faced the troubled, the abandoned, the sick, when His heart was stirred by the blind, when face to face with the leper, He reached out to them. That’s who He was and is and wants us to be.

Jesus was moved not by disgust, not by antagonism, but by compassion and mercy. Having compassion and showing mercy are the Christian qualities of great minds and large hearts.

Today this Gospel calls us to allow our hearts to be enlarged by Christ, to try to reduce the isolation and loneliness of others and show them a Christ-like love that encompasses all things, especially them.

This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent.

What a great time to take a hard-interior look at ourselves.

What a great time to rebuild the relationships with family and friends that have languished.

What a great time to build up and repair our own relationship with the Lord. So that we can meet Him at Easter in all His glory.

Let’s Not Be Afraid To Look At Everything

“To be grateful for the good things that happen in our lives is easy, but to be grateful for all of our lives-the good as well as the bad, the moments of joy as well as the moments of sorrow, the successes as well as the failures, the rewards as well as the rejections-that requires hard spiritual work. Still, we are only truly grateful people when we can say thank you to all that has brought us to the present moment. As long as we keep dividing our lives between events and people we would like to remember and those we would rather forget, we cannot claim the fullness of our beings as a gift of God to be grateful for.

“Let’s not be afraid to look at everything that has brought us to where we are now and trust that we will soon see in it the guiding hand of a loving God”.
by Henri Nouwen

Prepare The Way Of The Lord, a Homily

Homily, Dec 16 & 17, Cyc B, 3rd Sunday of Advent, Gaudete

The Third Sunday of Advent is known as Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete is the Latin word for rejoice and that is the message of the readings and the prayers for the Mass today.

And, it is also the reason the Advent wreath candle is pink, and Msgr is wearing pink vestments. These are a reminder that it is a time of joyful expectations for the coming of the Christ Child at Christmas.

In our First Reading from Isaiah we hear the prophet say; “The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me; He has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives…

…and release to the prisoners, to announce a year of favor from the Lord, and a day of vindication by our God.” Isn’t that a mouthful? It certainly has something in there for everyone.

And, these words from Isaiah were also read by Jesus from the scroll of Isaiah in the Synagogue of Nazareth in what we could call His first public sermon.

As Christians today, we are called to spread those same words of Isaiah. In Baptism we are anointed, we are expected to bring joy and glad tidings to the poor, news that God knows their plight and will care for them through His people here on earth, that would be us, the Church.

We are to tell the broken-hearted that God hears their cry. If they are mourning the loss of a loved one, they need to hear that their loved one will live with Him forever, and they will join them later.

If their hearts are broken by other life events, the loss of a job, the loss of a marriage, or any event that makes them feel abandoned by the world and alone and isolated in society, they need to hear that Jesus is the ‘mender of broken hearts.’

If they are held captive or dominated by others or perhaps by their own weaknesses or addictions, they need to know that Jesus wants to supply freedom to them. They do not have to spend the rest of their lives as victims. With Jesus they can become victors – not victims.

It is up to us to help people accept that victory that Jesus offers them. We do this by sharing our joy and our story with them. Remember the words, “I rejoice heartily in the Lord, in my God is the joy of my soul.”

Well, in an environment of joy, incredible things can happen. We can go from one extreme to another in the blink of an eye. Just like the song says, “I was lost, but now I am found.” His Grace is Amazing & it is enhanced by an atmosphere of joy.

As we listened to the Gospel today from John, we heard the mission of John the Baptist questioned. He was having a great effect on the people, with droves of them going out to him in the desert to be baptized, and the authorities wanted to know just who he was.

The Jews from Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask John the Baptist, “Who are you?” John answered that he wasn’t the Christ, which they were glad to hear because he sure wasn’t what they wanted as a messiah. He wasn’t Elijah, which they also were glad to hear, because from the OT they knew that Elijah would come back right before the coming of the Messiah. Whew, they dodged that bullet.

Yet they badgered him again, asking, “Who are you, so we can report back to those who sent us.” This time he answered, “I am the voice of one crying in the desert, ‘make straight the way of the Lord,’ as Isaiah the prophet said.”

Doesn’t that sound like a Mission Statement? Yes, it does. “Make straight the way of the Lord” is another way of saying, “Prepare the way of the Lord,” the whole theme of Advent.

And, thirty years before that, when John was brought to the temple for his circumcision eight days after his birth, after all the family haggling over his name, His father, Zechariah, insisted on the name John, and then prophesied over his son the famous canticle.

Zechariah’s Canticle ended with, “And, you my child, shall be called prophet of the most high; for you shall go before the Lord to prepare straight paths for Him.

So, here’s John thirty years later fulfilling his Mission Statement that his father gave him as a newborn.

John the Baptist was faithful to his mission statement.

You know what, his mission is also our own.

We are to prepare the way of the Lord, at every opportunity. By our words and actions, we are to prepare others to be open to the Lord’s encounter with them. We are to make it easier for them to hear Him.

All throughout our lives we have these little awakenings brought on by some word or action of others that are meant to prepare us, so we don’t miss it.

One of the functions of the Holy Spirit is to whisper promptings in our hearts, or call attention to the words of others that are germane to us. That is His way of leading and guiding us while still respecting our free will. We are free to respond to those or not.

I really believe that God is so serious about trying to improve our relationship with Him and understanding of Him that He seems to choreograph these little opportunities. Some we get and some we miss. But every one of us sitting here today can look back over our lives and see times when we heard or saw something that changed how we thought about the Lord. Maybe a phone call at just the right moment, and we knew in our heart of hearts that it was the Lord.

We can be a conscious part of this process, by viewing our mission in this world as one who goes out of our way to prepare the way of the Lord for others, just like we have had our own lives awakened and prepared.

I think we would be more willing to reach out if we weren’t afraid that we shouldn’t infringe on others. Well, I can assure you there are plenty who are out there selling the negative side of every issue.

So, as Christians with the ministry to help others, speak up.

The Christmas season with it’s gathering of family and friends provides many opportunities to share our joy, share our story, at least share last year’s update to our story, share God’s love to all we meet.

“Rejoice always…In all circumstances give thanks…Be careful not to quench the Spirit working in us, as we prepare the way of the Lord.”

Wise and Foolish Virgins, Homily

Homily, Nov 11&12, Cyc A, 32nd Ordinary, Wise & Foolish Virgins

As we listen to the First Reading today from the Book of Wisdom, we realize that in the OT, Wisdom was another name for the Holy Spirit.

Also in the OT, Wisdom is referred to as “She”. I felt compelled to mention that fact for the sake of the men here who did not catch that. I assure you that every woman here did.

As the first reading unfolds we hear that “Wisdom, i.e. the Holy Spirit, will not disappoint those who watch for her at dawn. And, whoever keeps vigil shall be rewarded.”

Amazing how that leads us right into today’s Gospel from Matthew about the 10 virgins who kept vigil for the coming of the bridegroom.

To put this Gospel in context we must understand that it is Jesus’ final words to His disciples. One more week and Jesus will start to refer to, and prepare His disciples for, His death.

We give special credence to things that people say or do as they prepare to die, because a dying person wants to impart some special love or wisdom—something important—before they leave us.

This Judgment Discourse, this Gospel, has significance as Jesus’ final words to his disciples—the most important wisdom that he could possibly provide them.

He is saying in no uncertain terms that He will come back to them. He tells them a parable about the coming of a bridegroom and of the 10 virgins who waited for Him with their lamps.

Five brought just enough oil for their lamps. Five brought more than enough oil for theirs. When the bridegroom was delayed in coming, the first five ran out of oil, while the second five used their extra and were gathered into the party with the bridegroom.

Now the theme of the parable is very simple. It is not complex. The parable is meant to teach us that Jesus, like the bridegroom, will come again. And, in that second coming He is coming to judge sinners and to reward the righteous.

Further, He will come in a sudden and unexpected moment and everyone should be prepared. Afterwards, there will be no second chance. People may knock on the door all they want, but the door will be shut.

When God the Father sent the prophets and teachers before sending His son to us the first time, they spread the word about what to look for to recognize the son because as a people we have a poor track record when it comes to recognizing Him.

Think about that, we don’t even recognize His presence in other people today.

The prophets and Teachers said the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem. He was. Born of a virgin. He was. Of the line of David. He was. They said He would come to Galilee. He did. They said He would have great power. He had it.

But the world still was not prepared and not ready. And so, ‘He came unto His own’, says John, and His own received Him not. He was in the world and the world was made by Him, but the world knew Him not.

And this parable today warns the world not to let that happen in His Second Coming. For there will be no recourse in the future.

Jesus is coming again, and we are to be prepared. We are to have an expectancy in our hearts. We are to get up figuratively before dawn to prepare ourselves before our day begins.

We are to keep a vigil so as to not be caught unawares. We can read scripture, serve others, say rosaries, use contemplative prayer, go to Mass and the Eucharist, always keeping our hearts open to hear the Lord.

Each of us has his own way of relating to the Lord. We are unique in how we discern His communication with us. We learn that over time as we live life, mostly in a trial and error fashion.

The real problem is the “not knowing when” and it is hard to stay alert over a long period of time. That was the problem with His first coming.

Yes, the prophets and teachers kept warning the people, but as time stretched on and on you could say that the people’s lamps ran dry.

The oil in our lamps is the actual and sanctifying grace that comes our way as we make our efforts to draw closer to the Lord Jesus.

So, our hope is to be a people of God, working hard every day to be more and more like Him. We can fill our lamps with the oil of grace by being His people, by staying close to Him, making time every day to listen to Him in our hearts.

God Gathers Us Together

Friends, in today’s Gospel we learn of a person possessed by a demon. Jesus meets the man and drives out the demon, but then is immediately accused of being in league with Satan. Some of the witnesses said, “By the power of Beelzebul, the prince of demons, he drives out demons.”

Jesus’ response is wonderful in its logic and laconicism: “Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste and house will fall against house. And if Satan is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand?”

The demonic power is always one of scattering. It breaks up communion. But Jesus, as always, is the voice of communio, of one bringing things back together.

Think back to Jesus’ feeding of the five thousand. Facing a large, hungry crowd, his disciples beg him to “dismiss the crowds so that they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves.” But Jesus answers, “There is no need for them to go away; give them some food yourselves.”

Whatever drives the Church apart is an echo of this “dismiss the crowds” impulse, and a reminder of the demonic tendency to divide. In times of trial and threat, this is a very common instinct. We blame, attack, break up, and disperse. But Jesus is right: “There is no need for them to go away.”

And today he says, “Ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”

Bishop Barron, Word on Fire

What Is My Poverty

How can we embrace poverty as a way to God when everyone around us wants to become rich? Poverty has many forms. We have to ask ourselves: “What is my poverty?” Is it lack of money, lack of emotional stability, lack of a loving partner, lack of security, lack of safety, lack of self-confidence? Each human being has a place of poverty. That’s the place where God wants to dwell! “How blessed are the poor,” Jesus says (Matthew 5:3). This means that our blessing is hidden in our poverty.
We are so inclined to cover up our poverty and ignore it that we often miss the opportunity to discover God, who dwells in it. Let’s dare to see our poverty as the land where our treasure is hidden.
 Henri Nouwen

Jesus Walks On The Water, Homily

Homily, Aug 12&13, Cyc A, 19th Ord, Jesus Walks On The Water

In this part of Ordinary time we are exposed to some the Classic stories. Last week it was the Transfiguration, the week before it was the Treasure buried in a field

This weekend we have the story of Jesus walking on the water as He approaches His terrified disciples in their boat during a storm.

All throughout scripture we find water symbolizing danger. Beginning in the Creation story we have the Holy Spirit hovering over the chaotic waters to bring order. In today’s story, we have Jesus, in effect, hovering over the water to bring order and peace to His disciples.

This is the second time Jesus is involved with His disciples in a boat during a storm. Remember? The other time, He was asleep in the boat and they awakened Him pleading for Him to quiet the storm.

Both times Jesus was trying to increase their faith in Him. In today’s story, He raised the bar; He really escalated the call to faith. It’s one thing to wake Him up in the boat, it’s quite another to step out of the boat and walk toward Him on water in a storm.

When they see Him coming toward them they think He is a ghost. Why not? He is certainly out of the normal context in which they are used to experiencing Him.

Jesus calls out to them and Peter is the first to ‘kind of’ recognize Him and says, if that is really You, call me to come to You on the water. Of course, we know the rest of the story, Jesus responds with, “Come”, and Peter left the safety of the boat, stepped over the side, and walked on the water towards Jesus.

Well, at least he walked for a while until he took his eyes off the Lord and became frightened by the wind and waves and began to sink. There’s a nugget of wisdom in all of that about keeping our eyes on Jesus.

At that point, Jesus caught Peter and lifted him up and saved him. Then supposedly Jesus chided Peter saying, “Oh you of little faith, why did you doubt?” See now, I have a problem with that response.

I know it’s just me, but it sounds so stilted, like wording placed in Jesus’ mouth after the fact to make a clear point about faith, but totally not South-Georgia-ese.

Every time I read this story I am reminded of something that happened to me 70 years ago. Now, you might ask how I could remember something that happened 70 years ago when I can’t even remember what I had for breakfast. The answer is simple, because I was terrified at the time, and we store our memories along with the emotion associated with them.

I was 6 years old and sitting on the roof of our dock while my dad nailed on new roof shingles on the other side of the peak.

I was sitting on some loose shingles he hadn’t nailed yet. I began to slide down the roof and was unable to stop and slid right off the edge feet first and into the water which was way over my head.

I couldn’t swim yet, but instinctively I held my breath. About the time I reached the bottom and was beginning to look around in a panic, my dad hit the water right beside me in a column of bubbles.  Cecil B. Demille would be proud. Cinematically, it was like magic…

He gathered me to his chest, smiled and pushed us off the bottom and back to the surface. He saved me. The first words from his mouth were, “You know I wouldn’t let anything happen to you.”

See, with that background, I’d feel a lot better if Jesus had said something like that to Peter.

But, again, that’s just me. The Pope hasn’t called yet to get my thoughts on the story.

Sometimes it’s hard to see ourselves in these stories. I mean, it’s difficult imagining us getting out of a boat to walk toward Jesus on the water as a demonstration of faith in Him.

But, the truth is, we do very similar things all the time at a lower level of intensity. It’s like Elijah in the first reading, the fire, wind, and storm didn’t faze him, but he knew God was present in the small whispering sound.

For instance, do you ever wake up in the morning and while you are still in the bed, clicking into consciousness, do a quick review of the day ahead, see something difficult scheduled and say, “Oh no Lord, I really don’t want to start this day”.

Yet, something changes inside us and after a few minutes we roll over the side of the bed/boat and off we go. We just don’t see that action as walking toward Jesus. We see it more as obligation, part of the job, or just what is on our plate. We forget we cried out softly to the Lord for help.

We get to work, park the car, gather our stuff, and mumble something like, “I really don’t want to go in – Lord help me”. Something changes inside of us. Then we open the door, roll off the seat/boat and off we go.

Even here in Church: When communion time arrives, we’re sitting in the pew doing a quick examination of conscience which we missed during the penitential rite, and hesitate because maybe we haven’t been very nice to others lately.

But, then not being able to identify a specific sin that would keep us in our place, we stand up in faith and walk out of the pew/boat and off we go to communion.

And, you know, Jesus is right there waiting for us in all those examples and many more. When we get out of the bed, get out of the car, or get out of the pew, and come forward, Jesus is right there waiting for us just like He waited for Peter.

When we walk up the aisle to receive Him we are walking up on the waters, in faith, to receive Him into ourselves, with the belief in our heart that it will make us better and closer to the Lord, more able to see Him in our lives, His being there.

That’s His promise, to be there with us. He didn’t promise a rose garden, He promised to be there with us. In John 10, 10 He said, “He came that we might have life, and have it to the fullest” which implies to me that He is quite aware bad things sometimes happen to good people, but He’s there with us as we go through it.

And, when we falter, and oh yes, we do falter, He reaches out to help us, maybe through circumstances, or maybe through other people, or maybe through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit giving us actual grace and the necessary boost.

And, if we could hear Him at those times, I believe He would be saying, “I’m here with you, you know I wouldn’t let anything happen to you”.

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