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To Remember

IMG_5390This weekend

we pause from usual activities

attend Memorial Services

watch the presentation of the colors

view those in uniform

representing decades long past

and those still active

we see flags line the green grassed gravestones

observe family and friends of the deceased

as they mourn

reflect

stand silent

and quietly weep

There is a soberness

a reverence

a hushed crowd

those with hand over hearts

and those who salute

we stand unified

one nation under God

sing songs of patriotism

and pray

all of this

to remember

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A City Weeps

This last week Seattle lost long time anchor woman Kathi Goertzen.  After a long battle with brain tumors and many attempts to remove them, her compromised body had had enough.    But it was pneumonia that finally took her.

Kathi Goertzen

Kathi Goertzen (Photo credit: Steve Lacey)

Those of us living in Seattle followed her story and her courage through her long battle.  She lost her smile on the outside only – her courage never wavered.  She was a role model for grace under pressure to all of us who watched with horror as the brain tumors increased with ferocious intensity.

When we learned that she was only 54 – we were stunned.  Not that she had brain cancer and had struggled for more than 12 years with this – but that she was so young.

Greg is 52 and does weddings and funerals for a living.  It is not unusual for him to perform a memorial service for young adults and those more than 10 years younger than himself.  It seems to be a growing epidemic for men and women to struggle with things like cancer and heart issues to die while only in their early forties.  On rare occasions it happens even earlier.

I am reminded of what the Bible says in James 4: 13-14

Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.

Our bodies are temporary and meant to break down and eventually die.  The body is not who we are and we cannot be defined by it.  Our real self is much deeper than just our body and will live on past this life.  I am grateful for this, as I have had people I love already pass on into the next life.  And it is especially comforting to read in Romans 6:23:

The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

A gift from God.  No matter what happens to me while I’m here on earth.  No matter what battles physically I have to fight.  A place where there will be no more fighting.  No more long battles with things like cancer and heart disease.  No more sickness of any kind.  No more loss.  No more weeping.

I am taking many long moments of reflection in this last week to truly be thankful and live in the moment.  Because we are not promised tomorrow – any of us, it is important to stay in the present and live in an eternal state of contentment and thankfulness.

My prayer for you and your family is this:  That you may stop and reflect today on the many reasons you have to be thankful.  For contentment and courage in all your present circumstances.  And for the love of Jesus to be an ever-present compass as you embrace your life and others around you.

God Bless

Pearl Harbor – Tennessee (Original Soundtrack Theme by Hans Zimmer)

This song is one of the most beautiful themes ever written for a movie.

Thanks to all the men and women who have lost their lives and others who daily put their lives on the line so that we can be free.

In remembrance of your sacrifice and service to our country.  I salute you today.

This song is for you.

Hold Me Jesus

Rich Mullins

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A beautiful song – from a very much missed songwriter/prophet of our generation.  Enjoy.

Well, sometimes my life
Just don’t make sense at all
When the mountains look so big
And my faith just seems so small

CHORUS:
So hold me Jesus, ’cause I’m shaking like a leaf
You have been King of my glory
Won’t You be my Prince of Peace

And I wake up in the night and feel the dark
It’s so hot inside my soul
I swear there must be blisters on my heart

CHORUS

Surrender don’t come natural to me
I’d rather fight You for something
I don’t really want
Than to take what You give that I need
And I’ve beat my head against so many walls
Now I’m falling down, I’m falling on my knees

And this Salvation Army band
Is playing this hymn
And Your grace rings out so deep
It makes my resistance seem so thin

CHORUS

You have been King of my glory
Won’t You be my Prince of Peace

The Day America Cried

9.11

Image by drp via Flickr

9 short years ago an event happened that will forever be etched in our memories – 9.11.  Images from our TV in news reports in a constant replay – was a part of our lives for days – as the country tried to process the unthinkable. And we cried.

Those old enough to remember where they were when John F. Kennedy was shot – will never forget where they were when they heard the news.

I was first aware of misery and things unexplainable during the Vietnam years – although I was still in elementary school for most of it.  I think you could call that ‘the end of the innocence’ for my generation.  So many deaths – and the cry of – ‘what are we really fighting for?’ became the theme song.

I also remember the ‘Challenger’ disaster in ’84 – and I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when I heard.  It was unspeakable – a national tragedy and the whole country wept.

I remember the senseless shootings and deaths associated with killers in schools in our southern states – one of them happened not far from where we were living in Fort. Worth Texas in ’94.  Remember Waco?

But none of us have ever faced and tried to process the horror of 9 years ago as the whole country watched in horror – as the twin towers – fell. How do we fight against something we can’t even detect – and one who kills themselves in the process?  It was a gruesome day – and we all mourned.  We mourned for those we did not even know – and their families.  And today – we still remember.

It was – and always will be – the day America cried.

God Bless

Hymn To The Fallen

This day is dedicated to the brave men and women of our country.  Thank you so much for serving and sacrificing yourselves to defend our freedom.  You will never be forgotten.  This video is dedicated to you.

The following is taken from “Saving Private Ryan” – and is my favorite.  Enjoy and God Bless our great country.

Memorials and Other Things That Are Difficult

Today I go to a memorial service for an old friend – someone we go way back with – since our first days attending New Life Church in Renton – some 15 years ago.  My husband Greg has done many of these over the years.  I don’t know how he gets through some of them – I wouldn’t do so well keeping my composure – especially the services for children and the unsaved.

There are many things in our lives that are hard for us to do.  That is just one of them.  We all are born – and we all die.  It is a hard cold reality.

Other things are hard for each one of us on a personal level.  Each of us has to face difficult things – and instead of running away – we MUST face them – eventually.  I wrestle with this fact.  I don’t like it.  And yet – today – even I must face another difficult thing.  Or perhaps it would be trivial for you – but for me – it’s difficult and will take every ounce of my will – not to back out – but just face it.

The time has come.  The choice is mine.  I choose the higher road.  And so my journey continues…

God Bless

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