Wednesday, August 18, 2010

And then, there is joy

After all the heartbreak today, there was joy tonight. I did my first turn in lotioning up the babies. They get bathed twice a day and you can imagine how dry their skin gets.

I started to lotion the first child, and a Haitian nanny started singing. I could not understand her, but it was the most beautiful song I've ever heard. It was so peaceful, massaging babies and listening to the singing.

Tonight I leave you with something from Fancis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled, as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved, as to love;
For it is in the giving that we receive;
It is in the pardoning that we are pardoned;
It is in the dying that we are born into eternal life.


  1. Karen, I get such a sense of being there from your posts. I have cried almost as many tears as you. I am so impressed that you are doing SOMETHING--anything. It is making a difference in each life you touch. I can hardly wait to talk to you when you get back and hear even more about it. And more details on what else we can do. Roxanne

  2. I want there to be a "like" button! Thank you for the peaceful thoughts as we all drift off to sleep tonight. Miss you and love you! XOXO beck

    (Quote 'o the day: "Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." ~Dr. Seuss)

  3. Amen and Amen - Dawn

  4. "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing."
    Helen Keller

    Thank you for letting us in on your adventure.
    Tomorrow, no complaining for me. You make us realize just how good we all have it here.
    - Heather -

  5. With all ur adventure n journey..u make everyone of us feels like we all r spiritually there with u..God Bless u always..xoxo