As I was taking the time to reflect upon the shootings in Houston, New York and the images of the funeral processions, my mind glanced towards the idea of the Shadow of Death as written within Louisa May Alcott’s book entitled: Little Women, in the times of Scarlett fever. As one of the daughters was struck with this illness. A once happy home that was hustling and bustling, full of happiness, to enjoy and endure the simplest of life pleasures, now a time where the household has to learn to cope with new emotions of illness and death. Similar to the frequency of the shootings and innocent lives that are being taken too soon, especially those who desire to serve and protect individuals / public from getting hurt.

It is with these thoughts I continue to wish those who are coping with loss, support and strength. I know that the Shadow of Death, pain and destruction can overtake and overpower the gifts of life, which is also where we have to be mindful not to make our pain as an idol or the object of worship. Even in the most difficult of times, to try to trust the path and journey of life.

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Notes: These thoughts were originally hand-written on January 30th 2021.

With Love & Kindness! 🇺🇸❤️

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