It has always been that way.

That’s just how it is.

Nothing can be done about it.

How often do we tell ourselves not to try because our efforts will not be enough? Our sphere of influence is too limited, so why even try to imagine what could be? What we desire is something we have never seen, so it cannot possibly exist?

Well, this morning, I’d like to raise my (Daily) cup to a man most of you do not know. A man whose name will never make it into the history books. A man who taught me that no effort was ever truly in vain, and that love was the most transformative power on earth. A man, my father, whom I will bury this week.

As sad as I am that he is gone, I am overwhelmed by how fortunate I was to have had him here. Many things in this life have failed or proven false, but the love my father demonstrated for me never wavered, never faltered. He had not known that luxury, and he swore his children would never know life without it.

My four brothers and I agree: he achieved his goal.



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St. Alban's Parish is a vibrant and diverse Episcopal Church in Washington, DC near the National Cathedral. We come from every walk of life, every culture and context, and every corner of this region. St. Alban's Parish is active in the city, engaging social issues, and making the reconciling love of Christ known in word and deed. We have ministries for children, youth, young adults, adults, and the elderly. We have outreach programs that address homelessness, poverty, the environment, and hunger. We believe in being open and inclusive to all people no matter disability, age, income, gender, race, or sexual orientation. We welcome the faithful, the seeker, and the doubter, because God's embrace is wide, and God's good news is for all people. We want you to come, participate, grow in God's love, and become a part of the Body of Christ at St. Alban's!
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4 Responses to Achievement

  1. Jan Grogan says:

    Dear Annemarie,

    No person could ever wish for a higher tribute than you have given your father. How blessed you are and how blessed he was.

    My love and prayers are with you and your family,

    Jan Grogan

  2. Jo says:

    Jan said it perfectly. I join in those love and prayers.

  3. Lois Stratton says:

    Annemarie: I am sorry for your loss, but it sounds like he was a wonderful father/man.
    We will pray for his soul.

  4. Anton Vanterpool II says:

    Annemarie, thanks for sharing your joy and sorrow at this time of loss. You expressed your father’s love and your love for him eloquently.

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