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Monthly Archives: April 2015

My daughter has married the love of her life and she richly deserves it. She’s had her share of obstacles to overcome and she passed those tests and learned from the experiences.

She learned wisdom instead of bitterness, faith instead of desperation, determination instead of simple tenacity, hope instead of resignation and–because of it all–a compassion difficult to achieve.

She works in healthcare and has seen the innocent abused, the desperately ill healed and the terminal pass into history. She understands the sanctity of life and that in this fleeting existence, the best that we can do as human beings is to comfort, console, visit, clothe and nourish those whose paths we cross. It doesn’t matter who they are or how they live. It’s not for us to judge, only to do.

Her new husband is cut from the same cloth and has been polished by similar experiences. Together, they make a formidable force for good in the world, even at the smallest scale, because in the words of JRR Tolkien; “it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.”

Except that these two are far from ordinary and I am blessed to be their father and father-in-law.

God Speed, Erika and Adam Jones, on your new life together. I love you.