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Thought for Today

Image Copyright 2017 by R.A. Robbins

Each day holds a surprise. But only if we expect it can we see, hear, or feel it when it comes to us. Let’s not be afraid to receive each day’s surprise, whether it comes to us as sorrow or as joy It will open a new place in our hearts, a place where we can welcome new friends and celebrate more fully our shared humanity.”  –Henri Nouwen
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Surprised by Joy

Surprised by Joy
Copyright 2012 by R.A. Robbins

Grabbing the jacket from the doorknob I felt a flutter.  Startled, I saw a monarch butterfly flying out of the jacket.

When it landed Bob said “get the camera.”  The butterfly remained in one place as if posing, letting me take photos.

When it had flown across the room I saw the cat stomping something.  Fighting the cat, I gently picked up the butterfly I was sure was dead and headed for the patio door.  Wings started rustling and it fell to the floor.  While I restrained a determined cat, the butterfly found it’s way to the patio. Then as quickly as it made it’s appearance it took off, landing briefly in the tree, then flying away.

Life is hard.  Sometimes it seems all we do is struggle and suffer.  Then we are surprised by joy.