"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God," 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Triskaidekaphobia is the fear of the number 13. Though it is considered a bona fide phobia, it has mixed affections as to whether it is lucky or unlucky. Manufacturers and companies try to avoid labeling or marking anything as 13 or 13th out of fear that the product or service will be avoided as bad luck. Some hotels skip having a 13th floor so as not to make any of their guests nervous. In Formula One racing, there is not a 13 car; the number is just skipped over. There is also an Alfred Hitchcock movie entitled Number 13 floating aroudn out there that was never finished because of funding. For others, 13 is a lucky number. It is prominent from many angles, including in religion, entertainment and sports. In sports, many uniforms with the number on it are retired, such as that of the National Football League Miami Dolphin's Dan Marino. In our own home, Vic’s birthday is June 13, and we were married 13 days after his birthday. I am partial to odd numbers anyway, so I have high hopes for this year as I am happy to see 2012 go. Good riddance, although, I have to be careful because I have gained so much and have been blessed in so many ways this past year. I wouldn’t wish our 2012 experience on even the most evil of enemies, but we know through the inspired writings in Romans 8:28 that “in all things God works for the good of those who live in him,” and we have quite simply
Eli Christmas morning.
been blessed beyond imagination, whether we like it or not. We have suffered excruciating growing pains, but we continue to be blessed because of it. For New Year's Eve, we traditionally drag a couple of mattresses in our bedroom, then everybody lay down to watch a movie and the ball drop. Last year, I was alone with Hg, Abbey and Cal on New Year’s Eve, in despair about the coming year. Vic was with Eli at LaBonheur Children's Hospital awaiting his first brain surgery. But, this year, your prayers have made it possible that we all be together to begin a new year. I am deeply humbled and grateful for your efforts and attention. I pray that each one of you will feel in your heart and soul what I feel every time I see Eli here at home where he is supposed to be. Blessings for each of you, and prayers for a healthy 2013.