Brother David Steindl-Rast says that we cannot be grateful for everything, but we can be grateful in every moment.

I was reminded of this over the weekend, in the midst of yet another scramble to respond to a medical emergency in the family.

I’m not grateful for the fact of the emergency, or the frequency with which these have occurred over the past six months or so.

But, once again, I bow in gratitude for an EMS system that works when we need it, for doctors and nurses who calmly and professionally put another Humpty together again, for neighbors who drop what they’re doing to jump into ambulances and gather at the hospital, for the gift of long unstructured hours with old friends.

And, most of all, I’m grateful that this one turned out OK.