Recently, I wrote a blog about the shootings where 19 young lives and 3 adults were taken at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. I was angry and upset at the political use of this incident and so many others before. My mood intensified as I walked into my office and received calls from clients who also were angry, depressed, and feeling suicidal over the way the world is headed. One woman drove to the office and called crying from the parking lot requesting an urgent meeting. Chaos and crisis is everywhere on the macro and micro levels. Pain and grief is being felt in the homes and hearts of everyone across America and the world. I was angry and frustrated to the point of tears and the injustice overwhelmed my spirit and my soul cried out for action, revenge, and justice. God gave those lives and evil took them.
Moments later, I walked into my boardroom and was refreshed. My team of therapists and administrative staff threw a surprise birthday party for me. I could feel the air shift as they realized my struggle and immediately began embracing me, caring for me, and patiently allowed me to share the struggle I was having over the shooting and the morning that followed. In that moment I realized how truly blessed I am. These individuals are the most caring, loving, and amazing people I have ever had the honor of knowing. As therapists they care deeply for the lives of everyone we serve. In that moment, I received unconditional love and acceptance. They are gifts given by God.
At the end of the day, exhausted and weary, I drove home in silence. As I placed my phone on the counter I noticed my daughter had sent me a photo of her and her newborn baby girl who she gave birth to only an hour earlier. I immediately called and excitedly congratulated her and my son-in-law on their 6th child. I will be flying out to meet Eva in July and see all my grand children. I am so, so grateful for all these gifts from God.
"Children are a gift from the Lord;
they are a reward from him."