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Lent Photo-A-Day (February 10 – March 27, 2016)

Day 31 — Sorrow

There have been lots of times in my life when I’ve felt sorrow — in the death of my parents, watching my sister’s struggle with her husband who has cancer, seeing the disappointment on my daughter’s face when she failed to make the basketball team in high school, and the disappointment on my son’s face when his name got left off the back of a school T-shirt with the band members names… There have been oh so many times.

But there was one time I felt totally helpless and sorrowful as I knelt in the snow in the backyard and tried to save a little sparrow. Some of you have read this story. I’ve posted it a couple times. But after 30 years that sorrow still makes my heart ache. Nothing, even the death of loved ones, has ever affected me like the death of that little bird. Perhaps because for the first time I came face to face with my own human limitations.

Sparrow 3

A Sparrow for Mother’s Day