It's a very joyful time. At the culmination of the week is the wedding, a beautiful sacrament that I can't wait to witness. Since my husband, his siblings, and all their spouses are Franciscan University of Steubenville grads, when one of their siblings get married, who also come from strings of family all with FUS grads, it is one amazing get-together.
This week, from all across the country, all congregated in our town of 534, are loads of FUS grads and their children. Getting to visit with all of these beautiful people and their children is truly a joy to my heart, and I have been uplifted from all the laughter and visiting.
There was also a new baby born into the family this week. LOVE! It seems that at all these get-together, it's always a string of congrats to those who are expecting and those recently had their babies. The atmosphere is so incredibly pro-life, pro-family, and joy-filled to the brim.
With this joyful week nearly over, we also have family and friends close to us who are suffering immensely. Can there ever be joy without suffering? I don't think so. The two seem to run alongside one another to keep our perspective on the eternal. Along with the celebration of new life and a lovely couple, others are grieving deeply and facing trials most will never experience in a lifetime. Our prayers are with them all, those in JOY and those in PAIN. Christ is there in it all, and thankfully, in our circles, that is recognized profoundly.
"The Lord giveth, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.