“Blessed [Happy] are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”
Jesus of Nazareth

This morning, I was updated on the condition of my grand nephew, Leif, a newborn laying in a Seattle hospital. The situation is more than desperate as he has been removed from the heart transplant list. He has an infection, a growth. His chest cavity is open. His heart is connected to a machine. His eyes and the squeeze of his hand around your finger tell you he wants to live. Life is a gift and he is fighting for it.

His mom and dad are there. Can you imagine?

All I can say is that love and happiness is a choice. I believe life is a gift. For as much as my capacity allows, I choose to be grateful. I choose to be happy. I choose to believe God is redeeming this flawed existence.

We cannot control many events in our lives but we can choose to love, to care for one another and to believe God will make all things right in his time. Love is painful but I choose to stand, not run. I choose to love even though it hurts so bad. I choose to embrace life. I choose to be happy, to be filled with joy.

Choose to embrace life and be filled with joy. Place a ruthless trust in the long game. Trust in God.

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