Saturday, April 10, 2010

Somedays are Really Hard

The day after my prior post my brother died.

The importance of family. You don't realize the importance and strength a family affords until you are in a place of weakness. This week my older brother Hector was laid to rest after a battle with cancer. It was a long battle but he bore it with dignity and strength. In fact some people doubted he was really ill because it wasn't until the last few months of his illness that he really required help. We owe so many people for their kind and generous hearts. Though I wasn't close by to help him, from all the stories I couldn't help but hear how valiantly he struggled to survive yet with clarity prepared for his death.

Fortunately, last week I was here, in PR, to visit with him and spend a little time with him. I am so grateful to God that I was able to come and do this. It still amazes me that the Lord allowed me to say goodbye and other things I really needed to say. When I got the news of his passing, it had only been four days since I had last seen him. Words can't express how thankful I am that God gave me this gift of being able to see him.

I need to say something about funerals. Funerals are not for the dead. They are for the living. How can I say such a thing you might add? I had been able to say good bye to my brother, just a couple of days before. Why did I need to come home again so quickly a pragmatist might ask? Simply put, we need to grieve and receive the love, hugs, and condolences and go through the process of letting that loved person go. We need to share our life stories and remember that that person was and is a valuable person in our lives. When we do not grieve appropriately and in community, we suffer for it. Believe me, I know.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Somedays Are Really Special

Today is one of those days! My daughter Rosangela Canino-Koning called me today with fabulous news. It was funny because I had just sat down to check my updates on Facebook when I saw this party announcement about her celebrating that she had won this NSF Graduate Research Grant. Okay no biggie. Maybe. N...S....F. NSF? Umm, National Science Foundation?. I think I need to call her for clarification. Rosy is very cool calm and collected and she had a Woot! somewhere on her update. Ummm.

Just then, while I am still reading the announcement, she calls and explains everything. This is a big deal! It is a three year grant which also includes tuition. I don't want to go into too much detail, but this is awesome. Wow, I am so blown away. I am so proud of my daughter and blessed by God. Words can not convey how absolutely proud I am of you!!

Dios te bendiga y te multiplique esto en mas bendiciones!

Te quiero mucho,

Mami

Monday, April 05, 2010

Florida State Bill 6/House Bill 7189 Passed

The Florida State Bill 6/House Bill 7189 Passed the Committee. It had limited Public Hearings and they did not allow everyone to speak. It was appalling to see how little value these Congressmen and women showed those who came to voice their objections to the bill. Some yawned and while others stared ahead of them. It was quite the contrast to see how passionate those who had given their lives to teach others, especially the weakest to speak to people who just weren't interested in learning anything from them because they had basically decided their vote. These Congress people seem jaded. One of them went so far as to insinuate that they had heard all these arguments before and thanked those who spoke for coming but they needed to move this legislation on.

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Resurrection Sunday! He is Risen!

Yes, the Lord Jesus, is Risen Indeed! As I woke up this morning it was still dark outside at 6:30 and I wondered what it would have been like to be getting up that early to go to the tomb where they had laid my best friend the evening before. Mary, the mother of Jesus and Mary Magdalene were there when the earth shook and angel rolled away the stone. That must have been shocking. They must have been in awe and wonder. I wonder if they fell to the ground. Did their herbs and perfumes fall and break? Were those angels? But most important where was Jesus? The angel said, "Why do you seek the Living among the dead?" Like duh!! Well of course the angel knew. The Angel knew the extraordinary power Jesus had in just one word out of his mouth, and that he was the Almighty God come in the flesh. We only knew him as the Son of Man, miracle maker, healer, friend, who could walk on water, calm the sea, and make the blind to see. Yes he resurrected Lazarus after four days, but could he survive and come back after such a horrendous death?

Why do you seek the Living among the dead? Jesus is alive.

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A few minutes later, Jesus appeared to them and they fell to their feet, clasped his feet, and worshipped Him. We can do that today. Jesus is alive! He is Risen! Halleluyah!