From the Pastor's Desk

Weekly thoughts and announcements from our Pastor, Fr. Tom Lewandowski.

To my child...

Just for the morning, I am going to smile when I see your face and laugh when I feel like crying.  Just for this morning, I will let you choose what you want to wear, and smile and say how perfect it is.  Just for this morning, I am going to step over the laundry, and pick you up and take you to the park and play.  Just for this morning, I will leave the dishes in the sink, and let you teach me how to put that puzzle of yours together. Just for this afternoon, I will turn off the phone and the computer and sit with you in the backyard and blow bubbles.  Just for this afternoon, I will not yell once, not even grumble when you scream and whine for the ice cream truck, and I will buy you one if it comes by.  Just for this afternoon, I won’t worry about what you are going to be when you grow up, or second guess every decision I have made where you are concerned.  Just for this afternoon, I will let you help me bake cookies, and I won’t stand over you trying to fix them.  Just for this afternoon, I will take you to McDonald’s and buy us both a happy meal.  Just for this evening, I will hold you in my arms and tell you a story about how you were born and how much I love you.  Just for this evening, I will let you splash in the tub and not get angry. Just for this evening, I will let you stay up late while we sit on the porch and count the stars.  Just for this evening, when I run my fingers through your hair as you pray, I will simply be grateful that God has given me the greatest gift ever given.

I will think about mothers and fathers who are searching for their missing children; the mothers and fathers who are visiting their children’s graves instead of their bedrooms; and the mothers and fathers who are in hospital rooms watching their children suffer and screaming inside that they can’t handle anymore. And when I kiss you goodnight, I will hold you a little tighter, a little longer.  It is then, that I will thank God for you and ask him for nothing, except one more day.