Friday, April 07, 2006

Welcoming Katherine Frances

After attending our third funeral in less than two months, it was joyfully refreshing to visit our dear friends Mark and Heather, and to meet their new daughter Katherine Frances, who was born on Tuesday. There are few occasions more joyful than a birth, and few things more wonderful than holding a newborn baby in your arms. She is so tiny and innocent and beautiful and precious. Seeing this beautiful baby, her loving parents, and delighted grandparents (one of them looking down from Heaven and doing a jubilant polka), aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends surrounding her, it refills the world with hope. As the poet Carl Sandberg so rightly said, "A baby is God's opinion that life should go on."

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