Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Blessed Are You

I'm not a big Bible reader.  I never really have been.  Most of the time when I find myself reflecting on Scripture, it's because I've heard it read at Mass.  A few Sundays ago, I heard this verse.  I don't ever recall hearing it before, but it made me pause.  It also made me a little bit sad.  

Blessed are the barren,
the wombs that never bore
and the breasts that never nursed.       Luke 23:29

Hearing that made me think about friends of mine who have not yet conceived.  Aching to feel the pangs of pregnancy, the dream of bringing a child into the world naturally has not yet become a reality. For some, they may never bear children.  That hasn't stopped them from being parents though.  Many have fulfilled their desire to parent and care for a child in other ways.  

A few have adopted.  

Others have become foster parents.  

Some have devoted their professional careers to working with children.  

They've opened their hearts and homes so quickly and have found many ways to share their love and service to one of the most vulnerable populations - children.  The constant selfless acts of love these friends have shared are felt by those closest to them, including by a humble bystander like me.  

When I think about my friends who adopt, who foster care, and who will spend their entire lives devoted to bettering the lives of children, I'm not sad anymore.  I'm grateful.  I can't think of anyone better to care for God's tender mercies.  To those who give their lives to others, especially to the children, may you be filled with peace, with hope, and always with love. 

xo, Cat

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