Unknown Burdens

By Jill E. Wolforth-


With the start of the new year, a lot of people have set their New Year’s resolutions and/or goals for 2020.  It’s interesting to think about how people make their decisions on these.  Obviously, we all start from different perspectives and situations.


This past year, right after Mother’s Day, Coach Wolforth lost his mother. Fortunately, she had been living with us during those final days.  The afternoon of the very day of her passing, Ron and I were on a plane heading to see our son play in what turned out to be the final weekend of his college baseball career.  With heavy hearts we walked through the airport and I thought to myself, “How often have I been in an airport where someone was dealing with the loss of a loved one or something else extremely difficult and we would have had no idea?”  


Similarly, over the Christmas holiday a baseball family near San Antonio tragically lost their infant son. He stopped breathing on Christmas Day.  After a couple days in the hospital and a brain MRI, it was determined the brain damage was catastrophic and irreparable. He was removed from life support and his organs were donated.


I can’t imagine the heartbreak the family is feeling. I can imagine, however, that their thoughts toward the new year are different than they were just a few weeks ago.


This article is not written with the intent to bring anyone down so I apologize if it has.  Instead, it is to share the following message (borrowed from The Church at Woodforest) as we head into another year:


“Wherever we go, whomever we meet, remember to be kind and gentle; thoughtful and gracious.  For we do not know the burdens others may bear in their hearts, in their minds, or in their bodies.”


I personally hope to be better at this in the new year.  May 2020 bring many blessings to you and your family.



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