One of the common disciplines in Lent is the practice of generosity through giving to others.
Patricia and Mark have found a way to do that out of their deep sorrow, and I have been inspired by them. Though their little Josie lived only 18 days, their lives were forever changed by her presence. This year, to mark the one-year anniversary of her short life and as tribute to their daughter, they have encouraged us to participate in a project of giving and paying it forward for 18 days. They had packets of these cards made up and gave them to those of us who want to join them in expressing Josie’s impact through small acts of kindness and giving.
One of the ways I can honor Josie is through telling her story to you, along with the remarkable story of a loving mom and dad whose broken hearts have turned to love for solace and meaning out of an excruciating experience of loss.
Today, if your heart has been touched by Josie’s story and the faithful response of Patricia and Mark, I urge you to do an act of kindness for someone else. You don’t need to pass along a card, but if you have the chance, you might mention Josie’s story and encourage them to pass the love along to someone else.