Reflect Emmanuel

December 18

Reflect Emmanuel is a series of Advent meditations on Emmanuel, our God with us

December 18, 2013

Rosalynd Danley Morse, Alumna Class of 1997

Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace forever.

-Psalm 72

In July of 2012 my family home was robbed. We were robbed of peace, security, possessions and many articles of jewelry that had been passed down to me from my wonderful grandparents who had both passed a decade before. Those treasures that were taken from me were devastating and this event rocked me to my core. As upset as I was, I had been training all year to participate in my first 3-day, 60 mile Boston Breast Cancer walk and I was not going to let this robbery stop me from going.

It was the best thing I could have ever done that weekend. The strength, support and love that I received changed my whole perception of what I was dealing with. My heart was no longer heavy with the feelings of grief and mourning of possessions. How could I dare feel sorry for myself in that situation? I couldn’t even if I wanted to. I realized what was important that weekend. I found strength I didn’t know I had. I laughed and cried all weekend.

When I came home I worked hard with the police and prayed that things would work out. Approximately one month after the robbery all of my grandmothers’ jewelry was returned and the person that had robbed our home was arrested and is still pending trial. I pray for him and hope that someday he will find peace in his dark world as I have found peace and forgiveness towards him. What he gave to me was worth more than anything that he had taken from me. I know that God was with our family as he watched over us in this trying time. As Psalm 72 speaks of, He provided me the strength to move forward with my plans and find peace when I needed it most.