Bluebirds of Hope – Sandy Hook's Guardian Angels

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In the days following the tragedy on December 14th, I received many emails from people all around the world. I am the webmaster for St. Rose Church and my email address is listed there. Most people sent prayers and messages of love, hope and caring. It’s was both inspiring and heart-wrenching to read the stories people shared.

One message I received was from the head of a prayer shawl ministry in Pennsylvania asking where they could send prayer shawls for the families of the victims. Dona also was particularly interested in sending a Prayer Blanket to Gene Rosen, the neighbor of Sandy Hook School who found 6 children in his driveway that morning and sheltered them until their parents could come. She was so moved by his care and compassion she felt a special need to reach out to him.

After several months, I heard from Dona again. She had been experiencing her own life-altering experiences; mother’s illness, lost job and then her father passed away. But she persevered in  love, hope and caring and was finally able to send a prayer blanket to Mr. Rosen. They spoke on the phone the other day…

At one point in our conversation, he asked me for my email address because he wanted to do something for me.  I gave him my email, and he started talking about bluebirds.  I just stopped cold.  You see, I asked my Dad for a sign that all was well — the sign was bluebirds.  I never told Mr. Rosen this, and yet here he was telling me he wanted to send me photos he took of bluebirds!

Bluebirds ordinarily migrate to avoid the New England winters, but this year, Mr. Rosen told Dona, they stayed surrounding the school like little guardian angels.

I am so deeply grateful to people who take the extra step, go the extra mile to extend love and compassion. It inspires me.

In the midst of so much pain and fear, the light continues to shine. The Power of Love will Prevail.

 

 

 

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Love One Another

“I give you a new commandment: love one another; you must love one another just as I have loved you. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
John 13:34-35

St. Rose ChurchThis weekend at Church, Deacon Dan gave a wonderful homily that touched me deeply. He talked about Love and how truly experiencing love (and sharing it) is a multi-step process. You need to feel the love, but you also need to take action to express the love and lastly you have to speak your love.

He gave a beautiful example from The Fiddler on the Roof, when Tevye asks Golde if she loves him.

We know who we love: husband, wife, children, parents, siblings, friends, community. We take action to show that love: caring for home and family, doing our work, sharing our time, talents and treasures. Do we also say it? Sometimes yes, sometimes no. Thank you Deacon Dan for reminding me to speak my love, to say the words.

We’ve experienced so much pain as a community and as a nation in the last several months. It seems like everyone is trying to figure out WHY these tragedies have happened and what “quick fix” solutions we can implement. Unfortunately, I think deep down, we know there is no quick fix. The culture of death and violence that we are steeped in didn’t happen overnight. And we cannot solve it overnight – though how I wish we could! Instead, I believe that we all need to assess where we can show more kindness, compassion and love. Small steps, consciously and consistently taken will bring about the culture of life that I think we are longing for.

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