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Five Minute Friday – Remember

Rothenburg Volksmarch

Volksmarching Group

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

In a thousand ways I remember.

It’s one of the hardest words I deal with in my life.  It’s painful, and it’s full of loss, and it’s joy.

This morning it’s full of tears – streaming down my face onto this notebook of mine as I deal with constant reminders of things I’ll never forget.

Someone once explained that quite possibly significant memories are marked in your brain by the outpouring of adrenaline that occurs at an event.

I’m at no loss in the adrenaline department.

Once it was loss – of a Mother – when none of us saw it coming.  I remember dropping to the floor in disbelief and crying out.

Once it was the loss – of a friend – who struggled for years against cancer.  I remember the sorrow of her passing and the sweetness of her walk with the LORD.

I remember those crazy days of childbirth and the complete exhilaration and joy.

I remember the loss of the ones who have chosen to walk out of my life leaving me with empty arms.

I remember the excitement of buying our first house and all the fun times we had with my children there in those years.

I remember Germany, and the vivid and plentiful memories.  I feel like we lived there yesterday and not 12 years ago.

Most of all, I know that when I forget things, and I feel like I’m losing some precious memories these days… that there are a thousand people who will never let me forget … and that brings hope and joy.  I’m not the only one who remembers …

Deep, Deep Joy. 


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Driving Back the Dark


1 John 1:7

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

Tragedy, we are steeped in it.  It’s all around us whether it just makes the local news or the major world headlines.  It’s horror, near and far.  It can be the fodder for nightmares, for tears, for fear and worry.  That’s Satan’s desire… for tragedy to turn us inside out and upside down.  He revels in the sadness, in the grief, and in the loss of reasonable human behavior.  He delights in our upheaval during bad news whether it’s small or large.  He gains ground when we worry and when we forget to drop to our knees and pray.

God has a different plan.  He suffered a tragedy too.  Jesus, his son, paid the ultimate price for ALL our sin and died for us on a cross.  Even at that very moment, when Jesus took all the sin on himself, God had to turn away because He couldn’t look upon His son, ladened with sin.

But in God’s heart-wrenching loss, and in all tragedy, comes the opportunity for redemption.  It’s our opportunity to take back our God-given hope and give God glory for the great things He has done, is doing, and will continue to do.  Forever and eternity was promised to US, not Satan.  Forever is ours.  Forever belongs to victims, their families, and anyone who chooses to ask the LORD to give them forgiveness and salvation.

Satin is defeated.  We who love God know how the story of the world ends.  Those that put their trust in the LORD our God … they WIN!

Let us take back our light

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Posted by on December 20, 2012 in Life, in general


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