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Topic: Write an INSPIRATIONAL or DEVOTIONAL piece (04/26/07)
TITLE: A Heron, a Rainbow, & a Fox
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One Sunday my little one refused to put the money Daddy gave her into the collection basket at mass. The people around us smiled during those seconds which felt like minutes. But it wasnít funny when she had a crying fit after I extracted the bills she was clinging to and put them in the basket myself. Whether youíre three or forty-three, sometimes letting go is hard.
Some of us cling to things, others to people. My little one is one of those kids who feels more secure when holding something, be it me, a cloth, a toy, even a piece of mulch at the playground.
It will be hard for me to leave her, my sensitive one, at pre-school next fall. Will she be ready? Will I? Iím a worrier. And life is full What Ifs.
Driving home the other night, I was fretting about something, again. -- And a young red fox darted across the road ahead of me. I smiled, and thought, Thank You.
When Iím worrying about something, God sometimes puts a stop to my obsessing by showing me the beauty of his creation -- a great blue heron flying overhead, a huge double rainbow after a storm, or a fox crossing the road. Itís as if Heís telling me, Itís OK. Trust Me.
God is always with me and my family. He loves them even more than I. -- Sometimes thereís no choice but to let go and let God. I need to do that more often.
Dear God, please help me be less spastic and more serene, less worried and more trusting, less fearful and more faithful.
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