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The Rev. Carol Howard Merritt

Carol Howard Merritt: "I Will Not Leave You Orphaned"

John 14:15-21

6th Sunday of Easter - Year A

May 21, 2017

The Rev. Carol Howard Merritt (PCUSA)


When my daughter was about five years old, we went browsing in a bookstore in D.C. when we realized that a writer named Daniel Handler was signing books. It took us a while to figure out that Daniel Handler was actually Lemony Snickets, a children's author known for his morbid humor. Lemony Snickets wrote A Series of Unfortunate Events, books about three siblings whose parents die. So, my daughter picked out a book and we stood in line. When I read the signature, Handler had inscribed in the book, "To a future orphan." I looked down at my beautiful, tiny daughter with the words in her hand and became horrified. It was such a terrible thought and such a true statement. Finally, I had to laugh.

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