Good morning, friends. Welcome to another Sunday morning at home.
This Sunday morning my mind is consumed with thoughts of this past week.
As we look at remembrance of key happenings, may we choose to remember with inspiration and hope in mind.
At the end of this post, may we once again choose life and joy.
Despite the fact that all three stories today are shrouded in intense sadness and pain, there is always a double rainbow somewhere waiting to appear as it so miraculously did on Thursday over Balmoral Castle.
Hope never dies.
THIS SUNDAY MORNING DO NOT FORGET FIRST RESPONDERS
21 years ago today.
Most of us knew exactly where we were and what we were doing as this story unfolded in Washington, New York, and Pennsylvania.
On this day, I choose to remember the bravery and valor of those who gave their lives rushing into the towers to help. The first responders we so often take for granted and even at times, look down upon.
This week I watched an inspiring story of a family of six children who lost their father that day, a fire fighter. Four of the six are now first responders in New York, and despite the high crime rate, are honored to have the job and pay tribute to their dad.
They have chosen to live…courageously and not as victims. What a way to honor their father.
On the day last spring I was attacked in my home after walking our dog, it was our amazing San Antonio police force who gave me comfort.
One officer looked at me and said, “This is not going to happen here. We will get this guy. I promise.”
And they did.
Today, may we be thankful and remember the first responders….and give the ones in our communities our support.
THIS SUNDAY MORNING DO NOT FORGET THE QUEEN
Two days after 9-ll, a remarkable Queen Elizabeth II, did something which had not happened before. During the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, she ordered the American national anthem to be played in remembrance.
Now, I do want to confess that I have not been someone who follows royalty or the monarchy. I did not rise in the wee hours to watch weddings or parades.
However, I am someone who will remember this amazing woman who lived history while the rest of us merely study it.
Queen Elizabeth was crowned queen of England the year I was born.
This is someone we should all desire to remember. She represented strength, wisdom, integrity, elegance, grace, fortitude, determination, faith, and served her country and family until she left last week. She also had a sense of humor.
During World War II, she enlisted…drove trucks…worked under the hoods and served in a variety of ways. On the front lines of service for 70 years.
Queen Elizabeth was well read. She understood current events.
An educated woman of strength & dignity.
I talk to so many who believe that after 60 their lives are done.
Au contraire, in fact your life may be just beginning.
Remember Queen Elizabeth and the vibrant life she led until 96.
There is much to be done.
Choose to live courageously.
THIS SUNDAY MORNING MAY WE NOT FORGET ELIZA FLETCHER
Finally, this Sunday morning, I would like us to remember the short life of Eliza Fletcher of Memphis, TN.
Eliza was brutally killed last week while out for an early morning jog by a repeat offender.
A story becoming too common in our country today.
She was only 34 years of age…a kindergarten teacher, wife and mother of two sons.
I feel like I understand her for many reasons, though we never met. She is close to my daughter’s age and went to the same college.
Mr. B is a runner and I understand that runners are people of strength and determination.
They are amazingly resilient and able to push through obstacles.
But, her attack brought back the memory of mine and gripped me for a couple of days.
The sadness for Eliza and her family has been very deep.
Then I saw a video of Eliza singing to her kindergarten students during the pandemic.
I know in my heart she would want all those who loved her to LIVE COURAGEOUSLY to let their light shine.
She also gave me hope that there are teachers and young women like her, so I will honor her with remembrance.
Choose to live every day to its fullest and let your light shine.
So, what can we do in their honor today?
Whether you run for your local school board or bake goodies for the firehouse nearby, choose to do something….make a plan…
TO LIVE COURAGEOUSLY.
THEN, THIS SUNDAY MORNING CHOOSE JOY
Last week was a heavy time for so many and ends with the sadness from September 11.
But do not let that cloud of heaviness hang over you today.
One of the readers, Susan, sent me this poem and I want to end today sharing it with you…
Joy does not arrive with a fanfare,
on a red carpet strewn with the flowers of a perfect life.
Joy sneaks in, as you pour a cup of coffee,
watching the sun hit your favorite tree, just right.
And you usher joy away,
because you are not ready for it.
Your house is not as it must be,
for such a distinguished guest.
But joy cares nothing for your messy home,
or your bank-balance,
or your waistline, you see.
Joy is supposed to slither through the cracks of your imperfect life,
that’s how joy works.
You cannot invite her, you can only be ready when she appears.
And hug her with meaning,
because in this very moment,
joy chose you.
– BY Donna Ashworth
As we remember, have intention to CHOOSE JOY.
Bless you all for joining me on Sunday mornings. Please share any thoughts you may have…..
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