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Even when she became a star at the Met and Time magazine dubbed her America’s Queen of the Opera, her adoring public never knew that Bubbles was raising two children with disabilities. You may remember Belle Silverman by her stage name, Beverly Sills. When Belle died in 2007, a New York Times obituary proclaimed the Brooklyn-born coloratura soprano to be America’s most popular opera star since Enrico Caruso. But to family and friends, she will always remain Bubbles. In an interview she summed up her life by saying: “Man plans, and God laughs. I’ve never considered myself a happy woman. How could I be with all that’s happened to me? But I choose to be a cheerful woman.”

This week, if you face speed bumps on life’s road, it might help to recall this line from Bubbles: “Circumstances are often beyond our choice, but you can choose to be cheerful.”

Read: Proverbs 12:25


Scripture Readings for the 2nd Sunday in Lent – February 25, 2018

Epistle Reading: Romans 4:13-25

Gospel Reading: Mark 8:31-38