the Joy and Hope of being Remembered

28 Dec

Mr. Waseim, the computer teacher at the Latin Patriarchate School in Beit Jala (Bethlehem) had visited with us in November, along with other teachers and school personnel from the West Bank (Palestine), Israel and Jordan.

At Christmas he sent to us a photo of the candles that he lighted in Bethlehem. The first one (in the photo above) is for “Father Rob” and the fourth is for “St. Andrew parish.” The fifth one is for our school and his school. The last one is in thankful memory of all the people he met in the USA. Candle two and three are for Nancy and JoAnne, two of our parishioners here at St. Andrew who spent a great deal of love – and sweat and blood – preparing for the visit of the teachers and dealing with all the intricacies and details during their days with us.

At Midnight Mass here at St. Andrew we lighted a peace candle for them. I had purchased the peace-dove at the Catholic parish in Taybeh in the West Bank, and brought it back with me for this purpose on this night.

Our hope is that it was as good for our friends in the Holy Land to know that we remembered them as it was for us to know that they remembered us in the very town where Jesus was born on the very night on which we celebrate his birth.

2 Responses to “the Joy and Hope of being Remembered”

  1. Chris Nunner December 28, 2011 at 8:39 am #

    How nice!

  2. Carol December 29, 2011 at 9:36 pm #

    What prethought you had to go through in order to bring the peace dove for midnight mass. You can tell your “other family” is deeply embedded in your heart. I was also caught by your title “The Joy And Hope of Being Remembered” as I ponder what if I were able to hear those speak of me at my funeral service, what would they say? I hope I am deeply embeded in someones heart and it is filled with joy as they remember.

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