When my brother John and I were little, we used to play Monopoly on the floor of our home. Our 20 pound housecat, Henry, would make unannounced charges through the game, tossing it into the air and ruining the play. At the beginning of March my life gameboard was upset, and for a moment it was all a blur of colored paper, property cards, little houses and hotels, and the puppy dog and the shoe. Things have settled now, and I see that my gameboard is now cleared of all but two things: my family and my faith. But it still has two things! Two can be many, if they include loving people and God.
My old life was complex and rich, and there are hundreds of things I will miss about it, but I must do over and rebuild a new life. I'm not exactly sure of the direction, but I do know it involves music and service. Keep watching--this should be a good trick I'm about to do.
In the meantime, thank you so much for your prayers, thoughts, meals, e-mails, and cards. Thank you to everyone who contacted the Divine in their life on my behalf, including benevolent ancestors and musical offerings. I feel all of these, and they support me like a layer of warmth. Please continue to pray for me, and I will work hard to rebuild.