My Dearest of Friends,

When St. Paul wrote his many letters from his Roman prison cell, I am sure he did not know they would reach his friends, let alone be read. Still, he wrote and had them delivered. I, like Paul, am writing these Fridays with Fred letters unsure if they will be read. Yet, I do want to communicate and share my life with my friends, and it is also good for my well-being. The giver always is blessed!

This Friday, my desire is to assure us of this truth: IF YOU ARE ENOUGH, THEN YOU HAVE ENOUGH (based on Psalm 23:1, “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.”)

This concept is dearer to me now since aging presupposes physical death is nearer (the loss of physical life). It also assumes other losses are in the process: career, athleticism, energy, “want-to” factor, time management. Never in my wildest dreams would I imagine needing the fight, prayer, and discipline to maintain goals in my life. It has become “A Climb.” (See WOH blog on June 21, 2020.) The climb always challenges me to be better than what I feel.

Yet St. Paul, in one of his prison letters, said: “Be anxious for nothing…” This is because God has all the “What If’s.” He sees tomorrow. I cannot. He already knows. I do not. St. Paul then maintained motivation while in prison.

At this stage of my life, I can still thank God for making us His hands and feet in this world and inviting us to join Him in His love and work on earth. Dearest friends, please continue to pray for me, and please encourage me by telling me how YOU HAVE ENOUGH BECAUSE YOU ARE ENOUGH.