Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure in spirit, for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.

Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Matthew 5:3-12

Oh Lord,

Teach me to seek You and reveal yourself to me when I seek You.

For I cannot seek You unless You first teach me, nor find You unless You first reveal yourself to me.

Let me seek You in longing, and long for You in seeking.

Let me find You in love, and love You in finding.

~Saint Ambrose of Milan

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Name: Erin Yonke

Location: Aurora, IL

Info: I'm happily married to my husband and champion pro-life activist, Matt. I stay home with my three small boys; Ambrose (11/06), Peter (3/08), and Joseph (9/10).

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

on the fragility of life...

"As for mortals, their days are like grass; they flourish like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more." Psalm 103:15-17

My father in law suffered a severe heart attack on Sunday evening, and went through a double bypass sugery yesterday morning, after the doctors discovered a 90% blockage in three of the 4 major arteries to his heart.
Surgery was successful, and he is making a remarkable recovery--and will almost certainly continue to do so with a few not-so-enjoyable lifestyle changes. The surgeon also noted no signs of significant heart damage, which is fantastic.
It is astounding, having seen him just a few hours before the attack, that he appeared perfectly healthy--though, considering the extent of the blockage, it could easily have been the last time we ever saw him.
Praise God with us for health and success, and for all the ways He has shown His love for our family through this. Continue to pray for patience, for complete recovery, and for trust in God as there is still a long road ahead, particularly for my Father in law and his wife, who will be his primary caretaker when he is released from the hospital.
Life is fragile. We are but a vapor, here only for a moment. It could so easily be my own dad attached to that ventilator, my mom, my sister, my Matt. Cherish each minute--this stuff is non-refundable.

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