Thursday, April 26, 2007

Ava




Alright, so here she is looking cuter than ever. Ava has entered our lives and we are changed people for it. She came and joined us about 7 weeks ago. Sometimes though, it feels like she has always been here. There are unspeakable joys that come with parenting, along with fears that will keep you up in the night.

She captured our hearts the moment she arrived. Like her dad, Ava doesn't sleep very much at night. I've told friends, you almost don't mind being woken up in the night ...almost. Alison is a great mom and impresses me every day with how much she is able to get done with a baby to care for as well.

The world has changed for the Frenzels. Stay tuned for more updates that are sure to come.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Just Breathe


These last few days, prayer has been on the forefront of my mind. As the nation mourns along with those at Virginia Tech, I too am grieved to think of how terrible this must be for the friends and families of the victims. A few years ago, a similar incident took place in Killeen, Texas at a Luby’s cafeteria, in which there were two of my family members gunned down in similar fashion. Incidents such as these bring us to our knees, sometimes in prayer, and sometimes with no words at all to speak.

Something that has struck a chord with me as I have watched the news coverage of this tragic event has been the convergence of students and faculty to prayer vigils. There are photos and footage of the campus coming together, not expressing outrage, but instead coming together in solidarity, with tears, holding hands, and praying together.

I am reminded of when I was in college living in College Station, Texas and the Bonfire collapsed killing Texas A&M students. The campus came together and prayed and found comfort in this.

I also think of an article on Jessica Simpson my wife told me about recently. While in New York, Jessica stepped into famous cathedral to escape the paparazzi and to pray. When asked about her time in the church, she talked about how she went it, lit candles, and just breathed prayer. Breathing prayer. I like this, even if it comes from an unlikely source.

There are times when there are no words. Romans 8:26 tells us that the Spirit intercedes for us when we do not know how to pray or what to pray. But praying is something that I think is directly connected to being alive. Even people who claim to not believe in God find themselves praying at times. Its as if praying is encoded in our DNA. It is deeply connected with life. God hears us, by way of prayer. He is listening to us, even when we can’t find the words to say.

So when the campus of Virginia Tech gathers at these prayer vigils, when the woes of living in this world seem too much to handle, we need not struggle to find the proper words to say. Just breathe and let God hear you.