Tuesday, April 7, 2009
A Long Night
It's 3 a.m. and I am wide awake. I would have written sooner but I had to check my "cheat sheet" to remember how to post a message. Internet savvy I am not. Then after I typed my message, the internet failed-go figure. Alison is sound asleep, thank God. I hope Stephen, Joe and Jennifer are too. For those of you who are parents, you know that waking in the middle of the night and worrying about your children, "comes with the territory". I can't tell you how many nights, I have done that. I have had many a night, that I would lie in bed asking God to keep them safe. When they are all home from school, I would wake up and check their beds to make sure that they are home safe and sound-and thank God they always were. Father Bob told me to think of the times that God has been present in all of this. I have given that a lot of thought this week and God has been present many times over this long journey. And just today, God' presence was felt in the kindness of two groups of people. A very nice man from St. Pius who works here at Yale called me and offered meal and parking passes and then our new friend, Jeff Aglie (a liver donor for his brother in law) brought a beautiful basket from he, his wife and the Donahues. It was filled with good wishes, prayers and things that only a family "who has been there" would know to give-we have been very touched by their kindness. It is through new friends and old and our precious families that Joe and I and our children know that God has been and will continue to be with us each step of the way.