*Don't forget to spring the clocks ahead tonight.
From Episcopal Relief and Development Lent Meditations
The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. -Isaiah 11:6
On September 11, 2001, my son was a little over four months old. Our little family of three would commute together from the eastern side of San Francisco Bay into "The City" every morning, where we would drop Patrick off at daycare before heading to work. His daycare was located in a federal office building. That morning, the daycare closed and I had to carry Patrick to work with me at San Francisco's Grace Cathedral.
There was nothing typical about that day for any of us. There were tears and questions, anxiety and fears. It was tense, as I'm sure it was everywhere. No matter how difficult it was, though, one thing continued to happen: Colleagues kept coming to my office to hold and play with this tiny baby. Patrick got a lot of attention that day, and he actually brought a lot of smiles. At noon, Grace Cathedral held its daily Eucharist. Usually, this Eucharist would draw less than a dozen people. On September 11, almost 200 came. When the cathedral dean, Alan Jones, stepped up to preach, he came over to me and took Patrick into his arms. Alan preached his whole sermon holding Patrick, who surprisingly cooperated. Alan's message that day: Children are living signs of hope for the future.
Patrick was well-loved and nurtured in his early childhood. Now, this teen hungers for justice and peace. He is still my sign of hope for the future.