A prayer in a time of happiness
Holy Father, who is made happy by the safe return of a lost child, I want to express my happiness at the safe return of my recently gravely ill best friend. Thank you!
I want to tell you how very happy I am at her unwavering faith in you even in, especially in, the midst of her great fear. What a lovely thing that is to see. Thank you!
I want to thank you for the truth that her recovery is also the confirmation and illustration of the truth that you hear the prayers of all of us for you have no "pets". Thank you!
I want to thank you for all the prayerful friends and those who though not friends are friendly, brotherly and sisterly, and that in your kindness to my Ethel you speak assurance to them also in the event of the coming of their sore troubles. Thank you!
I want to thank you that the faith you have generated and sustain in us can remain vibrant even in the profoundest sadness and that it knows how to be deliriously happy in a glad day. Thank you!
I want to thank you that there are countless thousands who refuse to give you ultimatums—"make us happy or else"—but who, like their Master, trust you in joy and pain. Thank you!
jim mcguiggan, and for ethel.
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