One of my favorite prayers during Mass is right after the Our Father, when the priest says, "Protect us from all anxiety as we wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior Jesus Christ". About three weeks ago when Fred was critically ill, much of our family gathered together.
The grandchildren helped us, as always, to live in the present moment.
The boys are good examples of joyfulness!
Making the most of time together, and enjoying our neighbors who shared their trucks.
Monica, reveling in her newly acquired skill of walking with a balloon!
Enjoying the fresh air, sunshine, and grassy expanses.
Taking a walk is always a tonic!
Another tonic is our neighbor's well tended garden, enjoyed with cousins.
Busy mothers Carolyn and Jaye have learned about enjoying the present moment.
Sharon and Lydia already know how to do that!
Lydia is a perfect example of confident trust!
Now, thank God, Fred is home, enjoying life and waiting in joyful hope! ( Good thing he's not dependent on the Eagles' game outcome for his joyful hope). As Jesus said, "Unless you become like little children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven."