Our little daughter - Hosanna Maryam/Welete Mikael - was baptized one year ago today, on St. Michael's Day. She departed in the Lord the next afternoon, escorted to the realm of angels by St. Michael himself. I miss her SO MUCH! What excuse do I have for my sins, for I saw Christ Himself as I gazed upon my daughter's countenance during the 11 weeks that I was able to hold her in my unworthy arms. May her prayers be with us, and may her memory be eternal!
So sorry Gebre.
EDIT: Thought writing the following might be self-indulgent. Well, I dunno.
This truly breaks my heart.
Was going to post how lovely time I had a the DL today in the random topics thread, since I am one of the few men who show up on a week day morning. Lotsa women with kids that need help usually.
One women brought all her children and I rarely get more true joy in life than now being able play with the kids. Help them venerate the icons. Etc.
Sometimes I get choked up just seeing the very young children being Communed. Or a child in her mother's arms kissing the Theotokos to only quickly turn in her mother's arms to kiss her.
That is all to say, I can't possibly imagine how grievous this must be for you. Your daughter, you, and your entire family will be in my prayers over this week, a time set aside to reconnect with those we love but not have seen in some time, in Thanksgiving.
I hope this is received in the spirit it was meant and was not self-indulgent. And I am more than choked up now in the middle of a lab. So I better go get cleaned up.
Know that more than a few I am sure weep with you.