The news this week from my friend Liam, who I have known for at least 15 years, was not what anyone wanted to hear. His mother, who had fought bravely with cancer, was getting worse, and the family from across the country was either at her bedside, or flying to be with her in Maine. The tone of his voice as he conveyed the message made mere words unnecessary.
There are no words to say at times like this, though I struggled with a few bits of comfort and advice with Liam, fully understanding that there are no words that don’t bounce around and then veer off in these times of sadness. However, there are still some truths that surround us all, and when the spoken words miss the target, often a song and a melody strikes the mark.
There was one song that kept coming to my mind in the worst of my times, and I think the message one worthy for today. Our prayers and thoughts are with Mary Jane, Liam, his dad, and brothers.