Angel in GardenI spent many years thinking that if I prayed hard enough I could keep everyone I loved under God’s umbrella of safety and they would be spared sickness and death. If I was good enough, perhaps I would be exempt from sorrow and distress.

While we can’t control the conditions that create our experiences of life, we can manage how we see, think and feel. We can choose to love those that are near and to send love to those we hold in our hearts. Love heals what is hurting. Love helps us find peace when we don’t understand.

My heart breaks for those in Boston that were injured emotionally and physically. My soul mourns the loss of life and innocence. I am humbled to witness the courage and strength for those who were present.

What I know now is that life is an extraordinary journey where we experience pain and joy, suffering and peace, loss and love. This life is our chance to hug, kiss, praise, and rejoice with our beloveds while we are together in this brief moment of time. This is the perfect time to send love and to share love. Give love. Be love. Love.

“So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13