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Joe, live like pain hurts and life matters.
“When you remember me, it means that you have carried something of who I am with you, that I have left some mark of who I am on who you are. It means that you can summon me back to your mind even though countless years and miles may stand between us. It means that if we meet again, you will know me. It means that even after I die, you can still see my face and hear my voice and speak to me in your heart.Life:
For as long as you remember me, I am never entirely lost. When I'm feeling most ghost-like, it is your remembering me that helps remind me that I actually exist. When I'm feeling sad, it's my consolation. When I'm feeling happy, it's part of why I feel that way.
If you forget me, one of the ways I remember who I am will be gone. If you forget, part of who I am will be gone. "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." the good thief said from his cross (Luke 23:42). There are perhaps no more human words in all of Scripture, no prayer we can pray so well.
- Frederick Buechner
The absurdity of hope -- that God loves us despite ourselves
Hope is hearing the music of the future...
...and faith is dancing to it.
Sitting next to a rain coated window, drinking coffee, reading, holding Elizabeth in my arms...I stared into her deep blue eyes...and loved her. Breaking my gaze to look out of the window in between sips of Pike Place roast...enough time to get caught in a random thought.
Returned my eyes to meet Elizabeth. I saw this:
Lord Jesus, build my character...cause pain hurts (2 Corinthians 12:9)
Lord Jesus, help me remember Jaime with gratitude...and remember him too, please (Luke 23:42-43)
Lord Jesus, help me rest in the absurdity of hope (Proverbs 23:18)
Lord Jesus, help me to look at you with an unbroken gaze (Hebrews 12:2)