Today, it is with overwhelming joy that I share the news that my beautiful friend Danielle has given birth to her third son, Jonathan. And this day, we remember and honor Kai, her first son, and we remember and honor Chip, her second, both gone too soon, missed deeply. Light two candles if you can for each of them.
If you don't know Danielle, let me tell you about my friend. She is full of compassion, grace, and wisdom. She abides, in the truest sense of the world. Her comments have been a breeze of empathy, love, and grace drifting through this community for four years. I am honored to know her. Privileged, actually. So, I wanted to do something for her, and yet wanting to respect her space and natural, understandable cautious optimism, held off until now.
And so, today, let us shower Danielle with love and welcome Jonathan.
If you can, whether you know Danielle or not, open your heart, welcome Jonathan, and write a message, blessing, or prayer to him and Danielle. I will print them out and mail them to her, though I know she will read them here too. But I have an idea...