Choose Life

"It seems all we see these days is destruction and rubble, sadness and memories, especially as we watch the destruction of St. Joseph's and Wings of Hope progress daily.  Today on the way back from taking pictures at the old Wings I needed some beauty in my life.  On the ...walk back to new Wings I focused on the beauty of the spring flowers that are all around.  As I walked down the street stopping every few feet to take another picture, I was the object of some stares.  Haitians aren't used to people focusing on the beauty of their country.  But, as I passed the people who are my new neighbors, people who greet me like an old friend every time I walk down the street and check to make sure I am okay, the reaction was different.  "Renee is taking pictures of flowers and she is happy," said one woman.  A man sitting nearby responded, "She sees the beauty."  I do see the beauty of Haiti, and it isn't just in the flowers.  That is something I hope everyone remembers when the other images of Haiti are the only ones being portrayed. "  By: Renee Dietrich, Director of communications and development, St. Joseph family of schools


Choose Life!

“See, I have set before you this day the choice; good and evil, the blessing and the curse, life and death. Therefore, choose life!” Deuteronomy

When I read these words and saw these pictures in an email, I had to say thank you Renee.  She has touched my heart many times with her wisdom and strength.  Sometimes we need to simply say yes and choose life.  It is possible to become so attached to something we have lost that, we spend too much time looking over our shoulder to the past, when we could be moving forward to what lies ahead.  If our hands are full of something that is long gone we will be unable take hold of opportunities and what life is offering.  We are free to choose. Being free probably doesn’t mean being in control of life but, being willing to move with the events of life.  We can become free at any time, I guess.

Loving God,
We know you walk with us wherever we are and whatever we are going through. Old things have passed away and you are making a new creation. Your love and life is full of possibilities. Teach us lord to see your love in all that surrounds us. For your grace and mercy we give you praise.

Lois Autterson

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1. Julie wrote:
Thanks Lois for this beautiful reminder! God Bless, Julie

Tue, June 22, 2010 @ 6:38 PM

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