Pardon me if I get a little personal this post. Feel free to skip if you want – we’ll be back to quilts and all of that next time. This has been an emotional week. (I’m probably not the only one who’s felt this way!) I found out another dear friend has breast cancer (this is the fourth in the past 6 months), the toxic rancor of the US political scene hit close to home as our state held their presidential primary, and then of course the horrible terrorist attacks in Belgium and Baghdad. Blah. Just so discouraging and sad.
Among those who were severely injured in the Brussels blasts – but mercifully survived – were four Mormon missionaries. One was an American young man, Mason Wells, who grew up in our community. Another was a darling French girl (pictured right.) I suppose I feel an extra connection to them because I was a Mormon Missionary at their age as well. I’ve been following their stories (and many others) closely since the blast. So heart wrenching – and yet so inspiring to see the outpouring of love and support for all of the victims and their families worldwide. So many people and nationalities were affected.
One thing that touched me was the letter from this survivor to her unborn child. I was also deeply touched yesterday as I read that it was a young Muslim woman from Morocco who stayed with Mason Wells in the aftermath of the bomb and held his hand and talked with him until medical help arrived. Such a beautiful reminder to not categorize or stereotype people – that we are all brothers and sisters. What unites us is so much more wonderful and meaningful and real than what divides us. It’s sad that it sometimes takes tragedy to remind us of what matters most, but maybe that’s it’s purpose.
I’m so grateful for all of you who visit this space and wish you a Happy Easter. I love the hope of renewal and rebirth that Spring and Easter bring. Whatever your tradition or belief, I wish you peace and happiness in your own life and for those you love.
I find a lot of happiness and hope in Easter and in celebrating the life of Jesus Christ whose death and resurrection make it possible for all of us to live again with those we love. His mission was also to “heal the broken-hearted”, bring hope from despair, and to show us how to love – including those who do not love us in return. May we all do a little better in that cause.