As I consider the events of this day they play in my mind like a pleasant montage, accompanied by strains of Louie Armstrong singing "What a Wonderful World". I am at peace.
Early this morning I was generously given the opportunity to speak to a group of individuals representing Christian, Jewish, and Muslim traditions about the importance of giving our brothers and sisters the tools to live healthy lives. It was a training session for Faith Fights Diabetes, a program promoting local faith communities to take an active role in the education of their congregations on diabetes. The program, funded and promoted through the State of New York, was based on an educational model from Seton Health downstate and (gulp) my health programs at St. Luke's. They treated me like a rock star. It is a DREAM COME TRUE to think that individuals will be following the screening and follow-up models I initiated at St. Luke's in their congregations all over the state. Think of all the people who will be helped…it is a miracle. God bless Franco Ohmeda and all the wonderful people he has gathered around him for this amazing project. I am humbled to have been a small part of its inception.
Later in the afternoon I drove my lovely daughter Elizabeth to her dormitory at Niagara County Community College to begin her freshman year. It was bittersweet; I cried, but my heart swelled with pride. Of course, her mother sobbed like a baby. One of her room-mates is a child of a family of twelve; what are the chances? She is in good company. It is so hard to let go. As I type this I am weeping - not for her…for me. I will miss her bubbly personality, the joy she brings to our home. She sings constantly; I will miss that most of all.
God is so good. I am filled with gratitude. And I say to myself, what a wonderful world.