Monday, January 17, 2011

Business and Pleasure

Paul is in the air flying over the Atlantic Ocean and I can follow his flight on my computer.  He should land in Sweden by morning our time, and Lord willing, he will be back home again by the end of the week.  Before he left, we went over the plan should the heating system fail, and he used the pill grinder to grind the next four days worth of Qavah's morning medication.  We both had our check lists of things that had to be done before he left, and now he is in flight while I am here at home with the girls.  

Paul Burton had the day off so he took all of us girls to see the movie Tangled.  That is the delightful tale of Rapunzel as only Disney can tell it.  Qavah has the most wonderful laugh, and understands the humorous parts of a story.  When the audience laughed, Qavah's laughter could be heard above the rest.  It was great to be out having fun today.  Kathryn is feeling so much better that she is back to thinking about job searching again, but taking time out for a movie was a good tonic.

This past Sunday our sermon centered around the sanctity of life.  As the minister spoke about the future of genetic testing, he told the youth of our church that theirs will be the generation to decide whether or not the aged and disabled will be allowed to live.  I thought about Kathryn and Qavah sitting beside me, and the life they have been able to live because someone decided they were worth it.  Paul and I can never forget that our family is what it is today because our daughters were given the gift of life.  We thank God for that reminder each year on Sanctity of Life Sunday.  Their laughter in the theater today would have been absent otherwise.  

The Spanish cellist Pablo Casals wrote “The child must know that he is a miracle, that since the beginning of the world there hasn't been, and until the end of the world there will not be, another child like him.” Isaiah 49 :1 states, "Before I was born the LORD called me; from my mother’s womb he has spoken my name."  No matter how little value our society places on human life, no matter how frail that life may be, it is God Who determined its worth, and He thought we were all worth dying for.

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