Be All Done

Little boy Teddy was frantic.  He had something in his eye.  At the emergency room they had him on his back while they flushed hosed water over his open eye.  “Be all done!” he shouted over and over again.  “Be all done!”    Stop man

Years later, Ted at age 20 had flunked out of college for the second time, was living in a room off campus without a job, friends or money.  He was doing drugs and drinking alcohol 22 hours of every day.  “Be all done,” I thought constantly.  “Be all done.”

When I traveled the hour to meet him at the coffeeshop I didn’t know why he seldom left his basement apartment, so depressed. I felt sick when he asked me to buy him another sandwich for later.  I hated not giving him money.  He looked pale and was silent. Be all done. …

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Faith in the Foxhole

“As mothers, we advocate for our children.  We kiss boo-boos, cheer them on from the bleachers and encourage them at the kitchen table. We celebrate their victories and console them on their failures.  We defend them, brag about them to our own mothers and occasionally deliver a school assignment forgotten on the bedroom floor. When their spirits leave their connection to ours to pursue a substance, person, lifestyle or seduction, we may eventually find that there is nothing we can do to fix this situation.  We learn to pray.” From Just Keep Going; Spiritual Encouragement from the Mom of a Troubled Teen.                     Pray Letterpress Concept

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