“You cannot prevent the birds of sadness from passing over your head, but you can prevent their making a nest in your hair.”

— Chinese Proverbs

It seems as though everywhere I look this week there is someone crying.  Sadness comes into our lives and it visits for a while; but we must be careful not to let it move in and set up housekeeping.  Learning to accept this can be one of life’s most difficult lessons.  As I sit this morning and think of some people I love, I send out encouragement to all who are hurting, to all who are sad and lonely, to all who are depressed.  I send out the reminder that when you are sad or lonely or depressed there is always someone nearby who waits to extend a hand or hold you close until the sorrow passes.

Whichever of the two you are today, remember that sadness is only a visitor.  You can’t turn him away, but you can show him to the door when it is time for him to leave.  We must all love one another.  We must all encourage one another.  We must all remind each other that life is always changing.  Sadness comes and it will go away again.