Nine months from now, we will celebrate the birth of our Savior. Therefore, today we celebrate his actual incarnation with the whole Church. The Feast of the Annunciation is a cheerful message of new life and hope. The warmer, spring days are proof that the world will go on producing life and food for all creatures. What a blessing that there is this feast day in the midst of Lent. Right in the middle of chilly and frosty weather, we can think happier thoughts. There are pictures of the Virgin Mary and Angel Gabriel surrounding the altar and adorning our breakfast table at home.
This is also the day that Captain departs for his new job. It is a 2-day drive to Delaware, so he left early to get a good start. We have packed some small comforts along with the luggage into the back of his vehicle. He has several small bags--since we wanted him to be careful and abide by the weight restrictions for his left arm during the next two weeks. He called to admit that he said a few choice words as he drove by "that office" for the last time. He has remained charitable throughout his ordeal of unemployment. It is sad to let go and move on, even when you want to leave. Lent is about detachment. But the Redeemer is about the bigger picture.