“And behold, I am with you always,
until the end of the age.”
From Matthew 28:16-20
I plodded down the block to our parish rectory completely discouraged. From the time I was little, Father O’Connell had made it a point to make time for me whenever I needed encouragement. This particular day, I struggled with my mom’s upcoming wedding. My own dad had died three years earlier, and I had encouraged my future step-father’s courtship of my mom. I baked cookies for my mom and Bill every other day so they could enjoy them as they held hands watching television during their weeknight dates. When we celebrated Bill’s birthday, I intentionally sang “Happy birthday, Daddy” rather than singing his name. When Bill left for home each evening, I crawled to the top of the stairs to see if he and my mother kissed good-bye as I felt this was a sure sign that they would get married. Still, I worried about Bill’s impending presence in our household. When I expressed my worries to Father, he pointed out just how lucky I was to have God in heaven, my dad in heaven and now a new dad here to take care of me. “What more do you need?” he asked. Reassured, I skipped all the way home.
Dear Father in heaven, I thank you for being with me in everything and for the wonderful people who continue to remind me of your loving care.
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