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Tragedy may be blessing in disguise

Norma Najacht
Published: Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Sometimes blessings come in the most surprising places.
Raised in a family with two daughters and no sons, I grew up imagining myself as the mother of daughters. I remember when, in high school, I suddenly realized that I might possibly have a son.
I ended up with three sons and no daughters. It’s been said that a mother is closer to her sons and a father is closer to his daughters. I don’t know about that, but I do know that I enjoyed raising my three sons. I wouldn’t have traded any of them for any girl in the world. 
And now they have given me three wonderful daughters-in-law. I love them dearly and I consider them to be daughters.
That wasn’t always the case, however. When my youngest son left home Dec. 24, 1997, to live with a girl he met on-line in a chat room, I was devastated. While that may not be classified as a tragedy, it certainly wasn’t a high point in my life.
So when she emailed me to try to be friends with me, I have to admit I was quite rude to her. 
However, over the years I have grown to love her and cherish her friendship. She has forgiven me and I couldn’t love her more if she was my own daughter.
Our late pastor used to tell us that God adds by subtracting and multiplies by dividing. 

Sometimes blessings come in the most surprising places.

Raised in a family with two daughters and no sons, I grew up imagining myself as the mother of daughters. I remember when, in high school, I suddenly realized that I might possibly have a son.

I ended up with three sons and no daughters. It’s been said that a mother is closer to her sons and a father is closer to his daughters. I don’t know about that, but I do know that I enjoyed raising my three sons. I wouldn’t have traded any of them for any girl in the world. 

And now they have given me three wonderful daughters-in-law. I love them dearly and I consider them to be daughters.

That wasn’t always the case, however. When my youngest son left home Dec. 24, 1997, to live with a girl he met on-line in a chat room, I was devastated. While that may not be classified as a tragedy, it certainly wasn’t a high point in my life.

So when she emailed me to try to be friends with me, I have to admit I was quite rude to her. 

However, over the years I have grown to love her and cherish her friendship. She has forgiven me and I couldn’t love her more if she was my own daughter.

Our late pastor used to tell us that God adds by subtracting and multiplies by dividing. 

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