April 7th, 2007
Religion and spirituality is a personal calling and a sensitive one to discuss. That Tanya and I have been living through a miracle is something that neither of us can deny. I accept that others may see such events as happy chance or fortuitous coincidence. For us however, there has been too purposeful a hand behind the events that have molded this time and this place.
Tomorrow is Easter in the Christian Faith – the holiest of Christian feasts. The meaning of that holiday does not require one to prescribe to the articles of faith for it is a celebration of life, hope, and above all else, renewal. How appropriate it is that this miracle my wife and I have been living reaches its culmination so near this wondrous feast.
Easter reminds us that no matter what the adversities of the past, no matter the injustices we have thrust upon this world, or that the world has thrust upon us, we need not carry the hurt and pain and guilt our entire lives. We are given the choice, should we decide, to lay that burden down and begin anew.
Our children have been through a great trial and ordeal. They have lived is a perpetual state of trauma and on Tuesday, it ends. These past two weeks with them has been, more than anything else, about building trust with them so that they can hand that burden to us to carry for them. It has been about letting them be reborn as children, who are free to be children; that they know they are never again, alone.
To all my family, friends, and followers of our journey: Happy Easter. No matter how you celebrate the wonder that is life, may you lay burdens down and see anew the mysteries and joys offered to you each and every day.