Dear Friends,

My heart is heavy this morning as I mourn with my friends and community over the tragic passing of a stellar 14 year old boy.  I am so thankful I could witness so many people pull together and rally around his incredible family.  

One of my favorite sayings is “Together We Rise”.  I truly saw this in action and am sincerely touched with the genuine goodness of people.  We aren’t meant to do this life alone.  There will be times in every life when the heart-wrenching pain we feel reaches beyond a limit we didn’t even know we could endure.  It is so critical at these times that we “mourn with those who mourn and comfort those in need of comfort.” I am so grateful for the example of this I saw first hand today.

I am thankful for a strengthened resolve to live each day to the fullest and to cherish each precious relationship. There is a quote I was reminded of as I sat in the funeral, 

“On the day you were born, 

you cried and the world rejoiced. 

Live your life so that on the day you die,

 the world cries and you rejoice.”

We get one chance at mortality, and no one knows when our time might be up. 

This thought was also shared:

“If your absence doesn’t affect them, 

then your presence never mattered.”

I am grateful for the gut check to take an inventory of my relationships with family and friends.  

Hug your loved ones.  

Mend fences. 

Build bridges. 

We could all do with a little less finger pointing and a little more hand holding.  

I am so thankful for my relationships, for the ability to pray for those in pain, and for Jesus Christ, who is there for each and every one of us in our suffering as well as in our joy.

May God Bless each and every one of you,




If you realize your relationship with yourself, with God, or with someone in your life is not healthy, let me help you. Time will continue to pass and relationships don’t heal themselves.  Let me help you find your way back to peace, acceptance and love.  Together we rise.

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