One Tomb; Two Teens; the Lottery of Location; and the Rest of Us

A blog entitled “We Are All Carpenter’s Kids” should surely have an Easter post, and I am sorry it didn’t. Wherever you woke up Easter morning, the tomb was empty. Whether you celebrated in one of the world’s richer countries or one of the world’s poorer countries, the tomb was empty.

Last week Brigid, the 15 year old daughter of my best friend Maggie, was in a car hit by a drunk driver. She sustained some fairly serious injuries and was taken immediately to a nearby hospital in Portland, Oregon. She received excellent medical care, has had successful surgery, and though her recovery will be long and painful, she should be heading home today.

Last week, Carpenter’s Kid Aidan Chitawo, also 15, sought treatment for an intestinal blockage that has plagued him for at least a year. I can’t describe the tremendous efforts of his caretakers, including my ever-pastoral, tireless colleagues at the CK office, to obtain care for him. I can’t describe it because I only know the fraction of it- transportation, money, medicines, facilities, accommodations. Aidan died on Thursday, at the third facility to which he was taken, far from his home in the village of Makanda.

The empty tomb promises the ‘resurrection of the body and the life of the world to come.’ It does not promise justice for the bodies and lives we have now. That’s up to us. And not just the Us in the world’s richer countries. And not just the Us in the world’s poorer countries. All of Us. All of Us.

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13 Responses to One Tomb; Two Teens; the Lottery of Location; and the Rest of Us

  1. Ducie Minich says:

    Beautifully stated, Judy. May Aiden rest in peace and may Brigid continue to heal. God bless. Ducie

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  2. jccrosby2014 says:

    Thank you, Ducie. And thanks for reading! See you in less than two months!


  3. Lauren Salminen says:

    Simple and succinct with depth that will make us all think a long, long time. Thank you Judy.

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  4. Charlcie Fielding says:

    thank you, Judy. Puts a crazy morning in the office in perspective…….

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  5. jccrosby2014 says:

    Thanks for reading. See you in 50ish days!


  6. Carolyn Achenbach says:

    Hi Judy,

    Your entry was poignant. Your message has been ringing……but really in a real cacophony of sound….at me recently. I have been reading Richard Rohr on Paul, and David Brooks’ columns and some other miscellany that are all centered on the grand point—-We are One!

    I am so sorry about Brigid’s accident and do pray that she recovers fully…….and poor young Aidan….and his family. Such suffering….and I know you are seeing it daily……is hard to grasp. But then there is the Cross—-the worst and the best. All in one.

    Our prayers are with all……..C.

    Carolyn Achenbach Sent from my iPad


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  7. Maggie O'C says:

    Oh shoot Jude, I’m so sorry, that is awful. That is just awful. Brigid is okay and hopefully home Wednesday. I’m sorry I keep missing your calls. I have the ringer off almost all the time to keep it peaceful here. This is such a sad blog. I will read it to Brigid though to give her some perspective, which I try to instill everyday.

    xoxox I love you.

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  8. Maggie O'C says:

    Reblogged this on Misc. Maggie and commented:
    We always have so much to be grateful for. Brigid will be fine and hopefully home soon! Thank you to my dear wise friend Judy for this post.

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  9. Ed Wright says:

    Dear Judy, such a powerful story, beautifully and sadly told.
    Thank you, and may God’s Peace be with you.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. 5kcane says:

    nicely said, All of us, all of us 😦


  11. linstayout says:

    Thank you for being a voice for those who cannot speak. Sending this energy (and knowledge) out into the world is exactly what gives our history some humanity.


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