Today is the Feast of St. Joseph, patron saint of fathers and of others.  I had the good fortune to be able to spend a little time with Erica, whose labor tomorrow will be induced, and the happy result will be the birth of her son, my grandson, my first grandchild.  When my own son, Andrew, and Erica, hold their little baby, I know they will be glowing with an eternal light.  Everyone around them, family, friends, acquaintances, have such warmth to add to this happy event.  My own heart has its heaviness, as I long to see my Beth holding a baby again, our grandson.  But I must settle for the joy her eternal form has in delivering God's blessings on the three of them. 

Thank You, O Lord, for the unnumbered gifts You give us, among them the joy of seeing such a little thing as a grandson.  Pardon us our giving in to our weaknesses; grant us strength and wisdom to discern Your will in our lives.  I ask Your blessing on Andrew, Erica, and their baby.  Amen.