Another example of the loss of this fear of God: there have been a spate of truly demonic crimes at many local churches around here. One was horribly desecrated. Another had many valuable and sacred items stolen or destroyed. Yet another church was recently burglarized during a Mass, with a lot of money stolen. Another, just a few weeks ago was robbed during Mass, having its collection baskets absconded. And I just heard of a churchgoer who last week had her car stolen in broad daylight in a busy parking lot during her church services.
I have been called to face a tremendously difficult time in my life as I struggle with autoimmune disease. I was a wonderful teacher and I was so proud to finally earn my degree and develop my own classroom. Despite juvenile diabetes and thyroid disease, I was able to run a full time kindergarten classroom. But, when my list of diseases continued to grow, the challenges became too many. I now have crohns disease, fibromyalgia, polymyalgia, pelvic floor dysfunction, and interstitial cystitis as well. I resigned from teaching and walked away from my life- – so it seemed. But, the people I worked with and the parents who became my friends did not walk away from me. In the midst of my illnesses, my husband and I had a beautiful daughter. Her sadness when I finished my last day in the classroom was unbearable. I did not realize how proud she was of me, too. And, how much she loved having me there close by every day. She is now 15 and a very talented writer. She and I have decided to write about how we have walked this path together, but looked at it from different perspectives. Me, a mom, who had 2 goals in life and achieved them both. I asked the Lord to please let me be a teacher and please give me a child. And, my daughter, who is just beginning to start her life and set her goals has already seen how God can work in mighty ways by watching me, her mother, walk in faith. There are several mother/daughter devotionals that I have seen available. But, we are going to write ours together, each approaching it from our own perspective. She speaks to teens who are watching a parent suffer a long-term struggle and how that affects a young life. And, I, a mother, speak to other mothers about the tremendous responsibility and burden of making sure our daughters focus on what is good and what is right and not on what seems so unfair about all that may be going on in life. We are very excited to do this work together.