|Jamie, Lily and Henry with their strength stones|
Not long ago, the pastor of our very fine Presbyterian church gave each of the children a stone inscribed with the word strength on it. He told the kids that they could use the stone as a reminder to thankful for all those people in their life who gave them strength. Reverend York very recently lost his dear wife Barb to Lou Gehrig disease and told the children how grateful he was to all of those who offered he and Barb strength during her illness. He recounted how he and Barb would squeeze their own stone and give thanks to the people that they would see that day who would bring them strength and support. He shared that whenever he was feeling scared and alone, he would remind himself of the many people who were there to help him and Barb, and thinking of those folks would make him feel better.
Along with the other children, my kids were invited to squeeze their own stones and think of those who give them strength when they are frightened or unsure. They really like their shiny stones of strength and I like that they have a tangible reminder of the many people in their lives who surround them with love and support.
My family and I would like to offer a heartfelt thank you to Rev. Tom York as well as the many other people in our lives who offer us strength and remind us that we are never, ever alone.
Thank you all very much for helping us to be strong.