As we were walking, Joe bent over to pick up a small piece of red paper lying near the sidewalk. He unfolded it, and we read:
I just want to get along with my brother. I don't want to stop loving him. I truly love him but sometimes when we fight I am feeling I am loving him less. God / Jesus I just want to have a normal childhood life with him. Sincerely, Alyson
I am sharing the note with you all so you can add your prayers to mine.
From the handwriting, I'm guessing Alyson is just entering her teens. Lots of growing; lots of change, inside and out. I'm sending a prayer her way - that she and her brother find a way to common ground so she can get back to her normal childhood life.
There are times I have had trouble loving my family. I'm sure there have been times my family has found it hard to love me. And I know I shared her yearning for a normal childhood life. (whatever that may look like...)
Alyson, May the newborn God's Peace find its way to your home this Christmas season.
Here's to family, with all its warmth and warts and wrinkles....