Sunday, November 21, 2010

Grateful Day 19

Freedom
We have a new pastor at our church.
He is from Vietnam and every month or so he tells us a little bit more about him, his life and what led him to become a priest.
Today he shared this story 
(I have shortened it to get my point across).
His mother died in a bombing when he was 4 years old.
His father then remarried.
His father died in the war in Vietnam when he was 9 years.
He and his 3 siblings were thrown into poverty and harassed by the communists, deprived of human rights.
His step-mother remarried.
His step-father then led the family in an escape from communism. At times he thought the waves would swallow him up in their little boat.
He is GRATEFUL for all these experiences because they have made him the person he is today. He and his family can live with freedom because of the courageous risks of all his parents.
My mother is 85 years old and lives with us. 
I am GRATEFUL.
My father lived to be 75 years old, see all my sons grow to be men and even danced at my eldest son's wedding.
I am GRATEFUL.
I have never faced fear for my life, I have never gone hungry, I have never experienced war.
I am GRATEFUL.
I am GRATEFUL for hearing Fr. Sy's story to help me reaffirm my many blessings.

1 comments:

GERI CENTONZE said...

Sometimes all it takes is a comparison to see how blessed we truly are!