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“It is not necessary to always feel strong. It is sufficient to have hope that we will be strong enough at the proper time and place.” –St. Francis de Sales

For the last few years, I’ve struggled with the fact that my family is so spread out.

My daughter is 3 1/2 hours north of me.

My parents and brother are a 5-hour flight east. My other relatives are in Germany.

This becomes more challenging when something goes wrong.

Several days ago my Dad was hospitalized when his leg just gave out, due to a medical condition, and he fell into a marble table.2009_08190049

I spent a lot of time on the phone; with Mom, my brother, my daughter just updating and encouraging each other.

Long story short, he’s fine.

They had to do emergency surgery.

It went well and he is recovering.

We can’t save ourselves or our loved ones from heartbreak.

We can’t protect ourselves from bad things that just happen.

We can’t wave a magic wand around to fix everything.

We’re not bullet proof.

Yet we can hope that we are strong enough to bear these things together.

Maybe that’s enough.