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Happy Birthday, Bill

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I imagine today and probably every birthday for the rest of your life is and will be bitter/sweet. Our sweet mother breathed her last breath on your 71st birthday. It was interesting, when I called you last year, to tell you Mother was gone, you said you’d had a feeling for about a week that she was going to leave us on your birthday!

It’s also very interesting that she died exactly 71 years, to the day, that the doctor told Dad that the baby would be born on that day but that neither the baby nor Mother would live! Seventy-one years later, to the day, she died! And now you’ve turned 72!

I don’t know how you’re feeling today but I’m feeling very lonely. I wish for you a day of reflection and of celebrating.  Happy Birthday, Bill!

Heavenly Father, thank You for Bill! Life is not easy when pain is a constant companion. Please touch his body, give him some relief from his pain. Watch over him  from day-to-day. He’s a husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin,  friend and neighbor. I love Bill so much and You love him even more.

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